Adjective "loose" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not firmly or tightly fixed in place; detached or able to be detached.
  1. 'the lorry's trailer came loose'
  2. 'Their trainers crunched against loose stones as they ran down a narrow dirt alley, bordered by high wooden fencing.'
  3. 'The 15-year-old schoolgirl suffered a perforated eardrum and two loose teeth in the attack by up to five other children, while it was recorded.'
  4. '‘The fire brigade went up and down in their skylift several times and removed the loose stones very courageously,’ he said.'
  5. 'We hope the next flood will wash away this loose stone and it is replaced by a good, hard, smooth surface, which is more environmentally and wheelchair-friendly.'
  6. 'His brave intervention and the ‘vicious’ attack that followed left Adam with a cracked bone under his eye and loose teeth as well as a broken nose.'
  7. 'Tom claims that his sore toe is infected and that his tooth, which is loose, aches.'
  8. 'He scrambled back over loose stones, calling out to her impatiently.'
  9. 'There was no cut to her lip, but a tooth was loose, and blood was welling in the base of it.'
  10. 'When the roots create a dense network on stony soils it is better gradually to remove loose stones in order to prevent any damage, which may be caused by their movement.'
  11. 'He stumbled slightly on a loose board of one of the bridges.'
  12. 'pockets bulging with loose change'
  13. 'This further complicated the positioning of loose blocks within the meter-thick sequence.'
  14. 'Leaves and loose blades of grass swirled within it too.'
  15. 'Bookbinding is a term used to describe the various methods of securing or ‘binding’ together of loose pages into a book.'
  16. 'They added that the driveway should be properly surfaced with materials other than loose stone or gravel, in the interests of highway safety.'
  17. 'Did they all get together at the end and scrape together lots of loose change after carefully dividing the bill according to work done?'
  18. 'The scree consisted of loose blocks of rock of all sizes, held together by frozen soil of smaller particles.'
  19. 'He picked up some loose pieces of paper and straightened them together by tapping them three times on the podium's surface.'
  20. 'My feet dangled in the air as I closed my eyes, feeling a chilly breeze brush away the loose hair that had escaped from my braids.'
  21. 'While beanbags are safe they pose a risk if loose beads escape from the bean bags.'
  22. 'The process involves putting down a sticky binding agent and then spreading it with tiny stones, or loose chippings.'
  23. 'the tethered horses broke loose'
  24. 'He looked beaten on the run-in, and was being hampered by a loose horse, but rallied gamely for a thrilling triumph.'
  25. 'This is an area which seems to have many loose dogs about and I suppose they cannot be expected to clear up after themselves.'
  26. 'They were out loose and walking along the side of the road.'
  27. 'Over the second fence, a loose horse tore past the ring.'
  28. 'Many of the runners fell before the final circuit and a succession of riders were toppled when a loose horse ran in front of several racers towards the end of the course.'
  29. 'All cities have ordinances against unleashed pets, and calling Animal Control about a loose dog will usually get someone to show up.'
  30. 'Locals would call to report a loose horse or missing cattle, and he would go out and round up the errant livestock.'
  31. 'Lock up the women and children - the lion is loose!'
  32. 'They listed children racing around on quad and motorbikes, noise from buzzing generators, loose horses and animal mess on pavements around the site among their complaints.'
  33. 'We are told that dogs are presently loose in the fields at night, and are a danger to the sheep and their young lambs.'
  34. 'Only nurses commonly ascribed nappy rash, feeding problems, pulling ears, loose stools, cold symptoms, and smelly urine to teething.'
  35. 'Kidney Yang deficiency can give chronic loose stools or diarrhea.'
  36. 'The diarrhea problems and loose stool problems disappeared.'
  37. 'Diarrhea is characterized by frequent loose or liquid stool.'
  38. 'He blows a whistle, and the defensive players box the offensive players out, trying to keep them from the loose ball.'
  39. 'When a mass of players converges upon a loose ball, it is the closest official who must determine possession.'
  40. 'Warn your fellow players of screens, loose balls or anything else that may give you a slight advantage.'
(of a garment) not fitting tightly or closely.
  1. 'In all operational conditions, airmen should be fully clothed in loose garments for sun protection and reducing sweat loss.'
  2. 'The bodice appeared to be rather tight fitting, but the skirt was quite loose and flowing.'
  3. 'The men were mainly dressed in loose robes and laced leather boots.'
  4. 'She selected the simplest of the gowns, a well-tailored dress of silver silk with a loose skirt and sleeves.'
  5. 'Barefoot and bare-chested men wore the perfunctory long white pants with drawstrings, and women wore dresses and loose shirts.'
  6. 'She was wearing loose trousers and a blouse that hugged her figure quite tightly, all her garments were black.'
  7. 'They were instead the baggy costume of a peasant, loose trousers and a short cropped shirt.'
  8. 'Clearly emphasising more on the textures and styling, the duo presented an entirely western range with skirts, dresses, jackets and loose trousers.'
  9. 'He was dressed in a loose shirt, a vest, trousers and brown boots.'
  10. 'It felt good to have the wind rush through my loose garments and hair.'
Not close, compact, or solid in structure or formation.
  1. 'loose soil'
  2. 'It creates a federation of very loose and potentially conflicting states.'
  3. 'Look for a natural fabric with a loose, open weave such as burlap or some types of cotton and linen.'
  4. 'These have a rather loose weave construction which helps the flavour to release.'
  5. 'If the weave is loose enough, elastic stretching may give way to pulling through of the fibres to bring about a permanent change of shape.'
  6. 'After you have removed the old flooring, the first thing you need to do is to dig away the loose earth beneath, until you arrive at a solid soil base.'
  7. 'The company's units were operating as a very loose federation, linked only by the name.'
  8. 'These include hot, dry surface soils, shallow planting depths, compact soils, and loose or cloddy soil conditions.'
  9. 'It is rumored that the loose Federation idea has some support among the neoconservatives, which is worrisome, since they tend to get what they want.'
  10. 'When plants were grown in a combination of compact and loose soil, the spatial arrangement of the zones determined the shoot response.'
  11. 'That's fine for a few moments in the tomato patch, but if you want to spend a full day outside, you should know that the loose weave of straw isn't very good at blocking the sun.'
  12. 'Elected chancellor of the loose union of representatives of the worlds, she played the role of benevolent manager in times of strife.'
  13. 'I was also able to practice aikido regularly and was among several of the teachers who created a loose, organizational structure for aikido dojos in Northern California.'
  14. 'Meanwhile, the other party leaders (and John Key) form a fairly loose cluster at the extreme opposite end of the spectrum.'
  15. 'Have the confidence to let the shot go where you know it will, with a loose relaxed grip.'
  16. 'His arm is hanging so loose at his side you could touch it and it seems it would fall off.'
  17. 'Keep both ankles loose and relaxed inside your boots so you can easily roll them to the sides and increase the depth of your edge set.'
  18. 'Look for droopy eyelids, slow and deliberate movements or a loose-limbed walk, slow or halting speech, and nausea.'
  19. 'His posture was confident and relaxed, his arms hung loose by his side.'
  20. 'What you want for singing is, first of all, a loose relaxed neck.'
  21. 'As she stood there, contemplating the land, and resting, the muscles of her groin became slack and loose, and the weight of the child in her belly made her want to bear down almost instantly.'
  22. 'He still had his loose-limbed walk and springy gait; the netted wrinkles around his eyes collaborated with his mouth when he smiled.'
  23. 'There was a lot of loose play in the opening 15 minutes with neither side settling down.'
  24. 'The Army ‘eight’, is reputed to be fiery in their loose play and this will no doubt, test the strength of their opponents this evening.'
Not strict or exact.
  1. 'Unfortunately, the drawings give only a loose interpretation of the points' locations.'
  2. 'Such epic historical recreations in film have in the past left themselves open to severe criticism with their somewhat loose, sometimes ignorant interpretations of fact.'
  3. 'Following last year's loose interpretations of what the genre meant, I was expecting something of the sort.'
  4. 'I did it in four days and it's a country record… my loose interpretation of what country music is.'
  5. 'The writer again represents a loose, not a strict, construction of dietary prohibitions.'
  6. 'The film is a loose interpretation of the final years of Sade's life.'
  7. 'In that trial and others a Trial Chamber dwelt on the interpretation of this loose clause.'
  8. 'It seems like a rather loose interpretation of the word slave.'
  9. 'In too many instances, he said, the wives knew a lot about what the Bureau was doing, and they talked about it to excess — so much so that their loose talk might compromise current investigations.'
  10. 'In February 1940 a nationwide campaign was launched that warned the general public against loose talk and the dangers of unwittingly giving information to enemy sympathizers.'
  11. 'The lower order showed none of the application they had displayed at Mohali, and a number of loose shots were played.'
  12. 'He moved forward to become the top scorer in the innings with 71 when he played a somewhat loose shot outside the off stump to edge Alex to the wicket-keeper.'
  13. 'It was an innings of great ambition as the captain preyed mercilessly on loose bowling and also showed his batting qualities with fluent stroke play all through.'
Engaging in casual sexual encounters or relationships.
  1. '"Do you think Tess is a loose woman?"'
  2. 'Some traditional interpreters see this as a stern admonition - this is a loose woman, and she had better change her ways.'


Loose play.
  1. 'Part of one of the best Premiership packs, he pushes his weight in the scrums and does his stint in the loose.'
  2. 'His line-out work was fine and he put himself about a bit in the loose.'
  3. 'The Irish line-out was majestic, only showing cracks in the quarter-final defeat to France, while the captain was also a raging inferno in the loose.'


Set free; release.
  1. 'At the end of the millennial reign, Satan will be loosed and a massive rebellion against the kingdom and a fierce assault against Christ and His saints will occur.'
  2. 'Then another hound was loosened after them.'
  3. 'The true events at the heart of the film inspire such a sense of injustice that any dramatisation risks the danger of turning into a howl of anguish that points the finger and lets loose the dogs of moral outrage.'
  4. 'The prime minister is afraid that his protestations will be lost in the synthetic public outrage that is being loosed by the Eurosceptic media.'
  5. 'It had began to cause trouble in Sudan as well, loosing cattle, killing civilians, even attacking army forces.'
  6. 'We loosed the horses and unpacked our things as we had always done, and I built our fire and warmed our food as I had each night; but tonight we both knew that this was the last time we should live this way.'
  7. 'It was a unique chorus that was loosed when he and his colleagues sang their native songs in different dialects.'
  8. 'Michael loaded the rest in the boot and got inside, just in case she decided to loose the beast as payback.'
  9. 'Just as he had loosed the compass from its rope, the sea gave a mighty heave and tossed the compass from his grip.'
  10. 'With trembling hands, he rose and loosed the ropes from his son.'
  11. 'he loosed his grip suddenly'
  12. 'But he never loosed his grip, and inch by inch he hauled the beast, hanging like a drowned jackal, up on the branch.'
  13. 'Suddenly Sara elbowed him in the ribs causing him to loose his grip on her.'
  14. 'His grip sluggishly loosed and his head slowly rested on the couch.'
  15. 'Maya's feet slipped on the mud, causing her to slip and slide while loosing her grip on the jug.'
  16. 'Mick loosed his grip and sat her down on her desk, fencing her in with his arms.'
  17. 'I was actually beginning to think that we were having a romantic moment when he suddenly loosed his grip on me.'
  18. 'He said with authority as he cautiously began to untangle himself to stand up and make more of an impact without loosing his grip on Marissa.'
Fire (a bullet, arrow, etc.)
  1. 'Each weapon also has two firing modes, the secondary usually producing a much more lethal punch either by virtue of increased fire rate or the size and number of shots that can be loosed off simultaneously.'
  2. 'The standard issue weapon is, of course, a hand phaser, which looses off a continuous stream of energy until its power cell is depleted.'
  3. 'Therein lies the rub though, as the horizontal turning arcs of the turrets of both tanks are extremely limited, thus the entire unit needs to turn in order to loose off an accurate shot.'
  4. 'You can see why Rummy would want to loose off a little cannon fire at anybody who wrote this up.'
  5. 'Visually striking and intriguing in concept, the link gun also takes its name from its secondary fire mode, which encourages the player to loose off a stream of fire towards a similarly armed team mate.'
  6. 'He loosed off a couple of shots down the corridor, the kitchen staff were pouring out into the street outside.'
  7. 'Well, there was always gunfire but that was men loosing off or practising way back in the hills.'
  8. 'We loosed off a few shots at the various damaged crockery I had scavenged and then I thought I would try a cunning scheme.'


1. free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end.

2. free from anything that binds or restrains; unfettered: loose cats prowling around in alleyways at night.

3. uncombined, as a chemical element.

4. not bound together: to wear one's hair loose.

5. not put up in a package or other container: loose mushrooms.

6. available for disposal; unused; unappropriated: loose funds.

7. lacking in reticence or power of restraint: a loose tongue.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be loose with sorts."

"people can be loose with lips."

"people can be loose on lips."

"people can be loose in ups."

"funds can be loose in systems."

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Middle English loos ‘free from bonds’, from Old Norse lauss, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German los.


hang (or stay) loose
on the loose