- The definition of loose is something unbound, available, or not tight.
- An example of loose is a dog not on a leash.
- An example of loose is a hand full of cash in your pocket.
- An example of loose is a pair of baggy pants.
loose definition by Webster's New World
- not confined or restrained; free; unbound
- not put up in a special package, box, binding, etc.: loose salt
- readily available; not put away under lock and key: loose cash
- not firmly fastened down, on, or in: a loose tooth, a loose wheel
- not taut; slack
- not tight; giving enough room: loose clothing
- not compact or compactly constructed: loose soil, a loose frame
- not restrained; irresponsible: loose talk
- not precise or close; inexact: a loose translation
- sexually immoral or promiscuous
- not strained or hard: a loose cough
- moving freely or excessively: loose bowels
- Informal relaxed; easy; unconstrained
Origin: Middle English lous ; from Old Norse lauss, akin to German los, Old English leas: see -less
- to make loose; specif.,
- to set free; unbind
- to make less tight
- to make less compact
- to free from restraint; make less rigid; relax
- to free from an obligation or responsibility; absolve
- to let fly; release: to loose an arrow into the air
loose definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective loos·er, loos·est
- Not fastened, restrained, or contained: loose bricks.
- Not taut, fixed, or rigid: a loose anchor line; a loose chair leg.
- Free from confinement or imprisonment; unfettered: criminals loose in the neighborhood; dogs that are loose on the streets.
- Not tight-fitting or tightly fitted: loose shoes.
- Not bound, bundled, stapled, or gathered together: loose papers.
- Not compact or dense in arrangement or structure: loose gravel.
- Lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; idle: loose talk.
- Not formal; relaxed: a loose atmosphere at the club.
- Lacking conventional moral restraint in sexual behavior.
- Not literal or exact: a loose translation.
- Characterized by a free movement of fluids in the body: a loose cough; loose bowels.
- To let loose; release: loosed the dogs.
- To make loose; undo: loosed his belt.
- To cast loose; detach: hikers loosing their packs at camp.
- To let fly; discharge: loosed an arrow.
- To release pressure or obligation from; absolve: loosed her from the responsibility.
- To make less strict; relax: a leader's strong authority that was loosed by easy times.
- To become loose.
- To discharge a missile; fire.
Origin: Middle English louse, los, from Old Norse lauss; see leu- in Indo-European roots.
- looseˈly adverb
- looseˈness noun
loose - Medical Definition
- No longer fixed or fully attached, as a tooth.
- Not compact or dense in arrangement or structure.
- Not taut or rigid.
- Of or relating to a cough that is accompanied by the production of mucus.
- Characterized by the unrestrained movement of bodily fluids, especially in the gastrointestinal tract.
loose - Phrases/Idioms
- to free oneself by force
- to shake off restraint
let loose (with)
on the loose
- not confined or bound; free
- Informal having fun in a free, unrestrained manner
set looseor turn loose
on the loose
- At large; free.
- Acting in an uninhibited fashion.