AskDefine | Define loose

Dictionary Definition

loose adj
1 not restrained or confined or attached; "a pocket full of loose bills"; "knocked the ball loose"; "got loose from his attacker"
2 not compact or dense in structure or arrangement; "loose gravel" [ant: compact]
3 (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player; "a loose ball"
4 not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting; "loose clothing"; "the large shoes were very loose" [ant: tight]
5 not officially recognized or controlled; "an informal agreement"; "a loose organization of the local farmers" [syn: informal]
6 not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem" [syn: free, liberal]
7 emptying easily or excessively; "loose bowels" [syn: lax]
8 not affixed; "the stamp came loose" [syn: unaffixed] [ant: affixed]
9 not tense or taut; "the old man's skin hung loose and gray"; "slack and wrinkled skin"; "slack sails"; "a slack rope" [syn: slack]
10 (of textures) full of small openings or gaps; "an open texture"; "a loose weave" [syn: open]
11 not fixed firmly or tightly; "the bolts became loose over time"; "a loose chair leg"; "loose bricks"
12 lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; "idle talk"; "a loose tongue" [syn: idle]
13 not carefully arranged in a package; "a box of loose nails"
14 freely producing mucus; "a loose phlegmy cough"
15 having escaped, especially from confinement; "a convict still at large"; "searching for two escaped prisoners"; "dogs loose on the streets"; "criminals on the loose in the neighborhood" [syn: at large(p), at liberty(p), escaped, on the loose(p)]
16 casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior" [syn: easy, light, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton]
17 not bound or fastened or gathered together; "loose pages"; "loose papers" adv : without restraint; "cows in India are running loose" [syn: free]


1 grant freedom to; free from confinement [syn: free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen] [ant: confine]
2 turn loose or free from restraint; "let loose mines"; "Loose terrible plagues upon humanity" [syn: unleash, let loose]
3 make loose or looser; "loosen the tension on a rope" [syn: loosen] [ant: stiffen]
4 become loose or looser or less tight; "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed" [syn: loosen, relax] [ant: stiffen]

User Contributed Dictionary





  • /luːs/
  • /lu:s/


  1. To let loose, to free from restraints.
  2. To unfasten, to loosen.
  3. To make less tight, to loosen.
  4. Of a grip or hold, to let go.

Usage notes

  • Do not confuse loose with lose.



to let loose
to unfasten
  • Finnish: irrottaa
  • French: défaire
  • German: lösen
  • Italian: disfare
to make less tight
  • Finnish: löysätä
  • Portuguese: afrouxar
  • Spanish: aflojar
to let go


  1. Not fixed in place tightly or firmly
    This wheelbarrow has a loose wheel
  2. Not held or packaged together
    You can buy apples in a pack, but they are cheaper loose
  3. Not bound or tethered or leashed
    The dog is loose again
  4. Not fitting closely
    I wear loose clothes when it is hot
  5. Not compact
    It is difficult walking on loose gravel
  6. relaxed
    She danced with a loose flowing movement
  7. indiscreet
    Loose talk costs lives
  8. promiscuous
    She is a loose woman
  9. rfv-sense not an adjectival definition A player who plays many hands
  10. rfv-sense not an adjectival definition A strategy which involves playing many hands


not fixed tightly
  • Finnish: löysä, irti
  • German: lose
  • Kurdish:
  • Portuguese: frouxo
  • Russian: непривязанный, неприкреплённый
  • Spanish: flojo
not packaged
  • Finnish: irtonainen, irto-
  • German: lose
  • Portuguese: desembalado
  • Russian: неупакованный
  • Spanish: suelto
not leashed
  • Finnish: irti
  • Kurdish:
  • Portuguese: solto
  • Russian: непривязанный, без поводка
not fitting tightly
  • Finnish: väljä, avara
  • Kurdish:
  • Portuguese: frouxo, largo
  • Russian: просторный, широкий
not compact
  • Finnish: irtonainen, irto-
  • Portuguese: solto
  • Russian: рыхлый, неутрамбованный
  • Finnish: rento, sulava, irtonainen
  • Portuguese: relaxado
  • Spanish: relajado
  • Finnish: löyhä, huolimaton
  • Portuguese: indiscreto
  • Russian: неосторожный, несдержанный
  • Spanish: indiscreto
  • Finnish: löyhätapainen, epäsiveellinen
  • Kurdish:
  • Portuguese: promíscuo

Extensive Definition

Loose may refer to: *Loose (album), a 2006 album by Nelly Furtado
loose in German: Loose (Begriffsklärung)
loose in Dutch: Loose
loose in Russian: Loose

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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