adjective, loos·er, loos·est.
- having the players on a team positioned at fairly wide intervals, as in a football formation.
- (of a ball, hockey puck, etc.) not in the possession of either team; out of player control.
verb (used with object), loosed, loos·ing.
verb (used without object), loosed, loos·ing.
- to loosen or unfasten, as a ship from a mooring.
- to send forth; set adrift or free: He was cast loose at an early age to make his own way in the world.
- to release from domination or control.
- to become free, independent, etc.
- to revel without restraint: After the rodeo they headed into town to cut loose.
- to free or become free.
- to yield; give way: The guardrail let loose and we very nearly plunged over the edge.
- free; unconfined, as, especially, an escaped convict or circus animal.
- behaving in an unrestrained or dissolute way: a bachelor on the loose.
Origin of loose
SYNONYMS FOR loose
Examples from the Web for loosing
I scrambled toward the fence, loosing footing for an instant, then jumped to one of the rails halfway up.
Loosing his hold upon Esther, he swiftly shifted his weapon to his other hand and brought down a blow on the boy's back.A Dear Little Girl's Thanksgiving Holidays|Amy E. Blanchard
And loosing his hold of the Prince, he went toward the door.Serge Panine, Complete|Georges Ohnet
No answer came to his loud call, and loosing the bridle of the horse he was leading he flung himself down on the path.In Quest of Gold|Alfred St. Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for loosing (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for loosing (2 of 2)
- (esp of women) promiscuous or easy
- (of attitudes, ways of life, etc) immoral or dissolute
- (of the bowels) emptying easily, esp excessively; lax
- (of a cough) accompanied by phlegm, mucus, etc
- free from confinement or restraint
- informal on a spree
- in a loose manner; loosely
- (in combination)loose-fitting
Derived Formsloosely, adverblooseness, noun
Word Origin for loose
Idioms and Phrases with loosing
In addition to the idioms beginning with loose
- loose cannon
- loose ends
- at loose ends
- break loose
- cast loose
- cut loose
- footloose and fancy-free
- hang loose
- have a screw loose
- on the loose
- play fast and loose