loose-jointed

adjective

loose-joint·​ed ˈlüs-ˈjȯin-təd How to pronounce loose-jointed (audio)
1
: having joints apparently not closely articulated
2
: characterized by unusually free movements
loose-jointedness noun

Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of loose-jointed was in 1859

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Cite this Entry

“Loose-jointed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loose-jointed. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

loose-jointed

adjective
loose-joint·​ed
ˈlüs-ˈjȯint-əd
1
: having flexible joints
2
: moving with unusual freedom or ease

Medical Definition

loose-jointed

adjective
loose-joint·​ed ˈlüs-ˈjȯin-təd How to pronounce loose-jointed (audio)
1
: having or marked by one or more joints with an increased range of motion
an unstable, loose-jointed shoulder
2
: moving or able to move and bend in a free and relaxed way : very flexible
a loose-jointed athlete
loose-jointedness noun
Other possible characteristics include leanness, small muscle mass, loose-jointedness, flat feet, a backward curve of the legs at the knees and a narrow mouth and small jaw in a narrow, elongated head. Jane E. Brody, The New York Times

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