loose


1loose

adjective \ˈlüs\
loos·erloos·est

Definition of LOOSE

1
a :  not rigidly fastened or securely attached
b (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
2
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
3
a :  not dense, close, or compact in structure or arrangement
b :  not solid :  watery <loose stools>
4
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>
5
a :  not tightly drawn or stretched :  slack
b :  being flexible or relaxed <stay loose>
6
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

Origin of LOOSE

Middle English lous, from Old Norse lauss; akin to Old High German lōs loose — more at -less
First Known Use: 13th century

2loose

verb \ˈlüs\

: to release or untie (an animal or person)

: to make (something) less tight

: to shoot or fire (something, such as an arrow or a bullet)

loosedloos·ing

Full Definition of LOOSE

transitive verb
1
a :  to let loose (see 1loose):  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

Origin of LOOSE

(see 1loose)
First Known Use: 13th century

3loose

adverb \ˈlüs\

: in a way that does not fit close to your body

Full Definition of LOOSE

:  in a loose manner (see 1loose):  loosely

Origin of LOOSE

(see 1loose)
First Known Use: 15th century

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