1. not compact or dense in structure or arrangement
- loose gravel
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
4. not officially recognized or controlled
- a loose organization of the local farmers
5. not literal
- a loose interpretation of what she had been told
6. emptying easily or excessively
- loose bowels
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
9. (of textures) full of small openings or gaps
- a loose weave
10. lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
- a loose tongue
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
13. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
- he was told to avoid loose (or light) women
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
Definition categories: social
2. turn loose or free from restraint
- let loose mines
- Loose terrible plagues upon humanity
Similar word(s): unleash
3. make loose or looser
- loosen the tension on a rope
Similar word(s): loosen
4. become loose or looser or less tight
- The noose loosened
Sentences with loose as a verb:
- I'm going to loose this game.