(noun, adjective, verb, adverb, interjection)


1. not compact or dense in structure or arrangement

- loose gravel

Similar word(s): light, shifting, unfirm, silty, unconsolidated

2. (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player

- a loose ball

Similar word(s): uncontrolled

3. not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting

- loose clothing

- the large shoes were very loose

Similar word(s): baggy, sloppy, flyaway, lax

4. not officially recognized or controlled

- a loose organization of the local farmers

Similar word(s): unofficial, informal

5. not literal

- a loose interpretation of what she had been told

Similar word(s): inexact, free, liberal

6. emptying easily or excessively

- loose bowels

Similar word(s): regular, unconstipated, lax

7. not affixed

- the stamp came loose

Similar word(s): unaffixed

8. not tense or taut

- the old man's skin hung loose and grey

Similar word(s): lax, slack

9. (of textures) full of small openings or gaps

- a loose weave

Similar word(s): coarse, harsh, open

10. lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility

- a loose tongue

Similar word(s): irresponsible, idle

11. not carefully arranged in a package

- a box of loose nails

Similar word(s): unpackaged

12. having escaped, especially from confinement

- dogs loose on the streets

- criminals on the loose in the neighborhood

Similar word(s): free, escaped

13. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior

- he was told to avoid loose (or light) women

Similar word(s): unchaste, easy, promiscuous, wanton

Sentences with loose as an adjective:

- This wheelbarrow has a loose wheel.

- You can buy apples in a pack, but they are cheaper loose.

- The dog is loose again.

- I wear loose clothes when it is hot.

- It is difficult walking on loose gravel.

- a cloth of loose texture

- She danced with a loose flowing movement.

- a loose way of reasoning

- Loose talk costs lives.

- He caught an elbow going after a loose ball.

- The puck was momentarily loose right in front of the net.


1. without restraint

- cows in India are running loose

Similar word(s): free


1. (archery) begin shooting; release your arrows


1. (archery) The release of an arrow.

2. (obsolete) A state of laxity or indulgence; unrestrained freedom, abandonment.

3. (rugby) All play other than set pieces (scrums and line-outs).

4. Freedom from restraint.

5. A letting go; discharge.


1. grant freedom to; free from confinement

Similar word(s): free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen

Definition categories: social

2. turn loose or free from restraint

- let loose mines

- Loose terrible plagues upon humanity

Similar word(s): unleash

Definition categories: contact, release, relinquish

3. make loose or looser

- loosen the tension on a rope

Similar word(s): loosen

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

4. become loose or looser or less tight

- The noose loosened

Similar word(s): loosen, relax

Definition categories: change, weaken

Sentences with loose as a verb:

- I'm going to loose this game.