loose-joint·​ed | \ ˈlüs-ˈjȯin-təd How to pronounce loose-jointed (audio) \

Definition of loose-jointed

1 : having joints apparently not closely articulated
2 : characterized by unusually free movements

Other Words from loose-jointed

loose-jointedness noun

First Known Use of loose-jointed

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of loose-jointed was in 1859

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“Loose-jointed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loose-jointed. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of loose-jointed

: able to move in a very free and relaxed way


loose-joint·​ed | \ ˈlüs-ˈjȯin-təd How to pronounce loose-jointed (audio) \

Medical Definition of loose-jointed

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

Other Words from loose-jointed

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, 16 Oct. 2001

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