Meaning of LOOSE in English


I. ˈlüs adjective

( loos·er ; loos·est )

Etymology: Middle English lous, from Old Norse lauss; akin to Old High German lōs loose — more at -less

Date: 13th century


a. : not rigidly fastened or securely attached


(1) : having worked partly free from attachments

a loose tooth

(2) : having relative freedom of movement

c. : produced freely and accompanied by raising of mucus

a loose cough

d. : not tight-fitting


a. : free from a state of confinement, restraint, or obligation

a lion loose in the streets

spend loose funds wisely

b. : not brought together in a bundle, container, or binding

c. archaic : disconnected , detached


a. : not dense, close, or compact in structure or arrangement

b. : not solid : watery

loose stools


a. : lacking in restraint or power of restraint

a loose tongue

b. : lacking moral restraint : unchaste

c. : overactive ; specifically : marked by frequent voiding especially of watery stools

loose bowels


a. : not tightly drawn or stretched : slack

b. : being flexible or relaxed

stay loose


a. : lacking in precision, exactness, or care

loose brushwork

loose usage

b. : permitting freedom of interpretation

7. : not in the possession of either of two competing teams

a loose ball

a loose puck

• loose·ly adverb

• loose·ness noun

II. verb

( loosed ; loos·ing )

Date: 13th century

transitive verb


a. : to let loose : release

b. : to free from restraint

2. : to make loose : untie

loose a knot

3. : to cast loose : detach

4. : to let fly : discharge

5. : to make less rigid, tight, or strict : relax

intransitive verb

: to let fly a missile (as an arrow) : fire

III. adverb

Date: 15th century

: in a loose manner : loosely

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