loose·​ly ˈlüs-lē How to pronounce loosely (audio)
: in a loose manner
loosely attached
a collection of loosely connected stories
His shoes are set tidily together in a corner with his socks draped loosely across them.Felix Carroll
Texting freed a generation from the strictures and inconvenience (and awkwardness) of phone calls, while allowing people to be more loosely and constantly connected.Jenna Wortham
The novel is loosely based on the life of Georgia O'Keeffe.
Loosely translated from Japanese, umami means delicious or yummy.N. Seppa

Examples of loosely in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Organized loosely chronologically, the installation reveals not only Kollwitz’s technical and graphic excellence, but also her unrelenting compassion and humanity. Grace Edquist, Vogue, 11 Apr. 2024 Many of these third-party-boosting efforts will probably be run out of dark-money entities that are loosely supportive of Mr. Trump. Rebecca Davis O’Brien, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2024 And the New York Giants have been loosely linked to various quarterback prospects in mock drafts as of late. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 8 Apr. 2024 With a slim fit through the thigh that breaks at the knee to fall loosely down to the floor, these slightly stretchy jeans hug your bum in the best way. Olivia Muenter, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2024 Because this is a perfect example of just how loosely the privilege is being used. Chris Welch, The Verge, 2 Apr. 2024 Sinclair and others founded the Detroit Artists Workshop, a loosely knit collective that eventually included several houses and two buildings around West Warren Avenue and the Lodge Freeway that served as venues for avant-garde culture and publications. Bill McGraw, Detroit Free Press, 2 Apr. 2024 The singer and guitarist Ezra Koenig wore khakis and sometimes loosely knotted a sweater around his shoulders, a look that everyone knows is the unofficial uniform of rich, scummy boyfriends in high-school movies. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Cowboy Carter is loosely based around a Beyoncé radio show. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of loosely was in the 14th century

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“Loosely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loosely. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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