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Loose appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Lucid Lou slued loose the sluice that slew the slough.
  • How much snus could a moose on the loose use
    if a moose on the loose could use loose snus?

Loose appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Turn in a man; rub yams on a clove so old loose volcanos may burn a man in rut.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective loose:


Comparison of usage frequency between the adjective loose and its most common antonyms:

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Loose is sometimes a misspelling of lose.

The word loose is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective loose

What does loose mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: looser | loosest

  1. not compact or dense in structure or arrangement
  2. (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player
  3. not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting
  4. not officially recognized or controlled
    • example: a loose organization of the local farmers
    • synonym of loose: informal
    • similar: unofficial
  5. not literal
    • example: a loose interpretation of what she had been told
    • synonyms of loose: free / liberal
    • similar: inexact
  6. emptying easily or excessively
  7. not affixed
    • example: the stamp came loose
    • synonym of loose: unaffixed
  8. not tense or taut
    • example: the old man's skin hung loose and grey
    • synonym of loose: slack
    • similar: lax
  9. (of textures) full of small openings or gaps
  10. lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
  11. not carefully arranged in a package
  12. having escaped, especially from confinement
  13. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior

Alternative definition of the adjective loose


  1. Not fixed in place tightly or firmly.
    • Not held or packaged together.
    • Not under control.
    • Not fitting closely
    • Not compact.
    • See Relaxed.
    • See Indiscreet.
    • [dated] Free from moral restraint; immoral, unchaste.
    • [not comparable, sports] Not being in the possession of any competing team during a game.

    Definition of the adverb loose

    What does loose mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


    1. without restraint
      • example: cows in India are running loose
      • synonym of loose: free

    Definition of the noun loose

    What does loose mean as a name of something?


    1. [archery] The release of an arrow.
    2. [obsolete] A state of laxity or indulgence; unrestrained freedom, abandonment.

    Specialised definition of the noun loose

    Glossary of sports / rugby union

    the loose is forward play not involving scrums or line-outs (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

    Definition of the verb loose

    What does loose mean as a doing word?

    verb - inflections: loosed | loosing | looses

    1. grant freedom to; free from confinement
      • example: They want to loose the prisoners
      • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
      • synonyms of loose: free / liberate / release / unloose / unloosen
      • more specific terms:
        • unspell = release from a spell
        • unchain = make free
        • bail = release after a security has been paid
        • run = set animals loose to graze
        • bail out = free on bail
        • parole = release a criminal from detention and place him on parole
    2. turn loose or free from restraint
    3. make loose or looser
    4. become loose or looser or less tight
      • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
      • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
      • synonyms of loose: loosen / relax
      • more generic word: weaken = become weaker

    Alternative definition of the verb loose


    1. [transitive] To let loose, to free from restraints.
    2. [transitive] To unfasten, to loosen.
    3. [transitive] To make less tight, to loosen.
    4. [intransitive] Of a grip or hold, to let go.
    5. [archery] to shoot (an arrow)

    Specialised definition of the verb loose

    Glossary of sports / archery

    to release

    Other definitions of loose

    What does loose also mean?


    1. [archery] begin shooting; release your arrows


    Loose is a village some 2 miles south of Maidstone, Kent, situated at the head of the Loose Valley. The village and the Loose Valley form the Loose Valley Conservation Area. The fast flowing River Loose which rises near Langley runs through the centre of the village and once supported a paper making industry, evidence of which can still be found today. An area around the village is also known as Loose but Loose village itself is based in the Loose valley and extends along Busbridge Road towards Tovil.


    Who is Loose?

    Loose a.k.a. Doug Bollinger: Douglas Erwin Bollinger is a professional Australian cricketer who has recently played first class county cricket for Kent. He previously played first-class cricket for the New South Wales Blues and international cricket for Australia. He is a left-handed batsman and a left-arm fast bowler. He also played for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League until 2012.


    1. "Loose" is the third studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado, first released in North America on 7June 2006 through Geffen Records and Mosley Music Group. Following the release of Furtado's second album, Folklore through DreamWorks Records, it was announced that Universal Music Group would acquire DreamWorks Records, the later was folded into the Interscope Geffen A&M umbrella where Furtado would release any new music. Timbaland and his protégé Danja produced the bulk of the album, which incorporates influences of dance, R&B and hip hop. The album explores the theme of female sexuality and has been described as introspective or even sad in parts.
    2. "Loose" is the eighth studio album by Japanese rock band B'z. The album sold 1,336,150 copies in its first week, becoming the band's highest debut for a studio album. In total over 3,003,210 copies were sold, making it the band's highest selling studio album.
    3. "Loose" is the second song on rock group The Stooges' second album, Fun House. Iggy Pop repeats a vocal, "I'll stick it, deep inside". An alternate version of the song used this line to refer to a penis.
    4. "Loose" is a song by Therapy? and a single released on 17 July 1995 on A&M Records. The song is featured on the Infernal Love album. The single reached number 25 on the UK Singles Chart, and number 23 on the Irish Singles Chart. A digipak single was released two weeks later on 31 July 1995, reaching number 141 on the UK Singles Chart.
    5. "Loose" a.k.a. "Loose..." is an album by saxophonist Willis Jackson which was recorded in 1963 and released on the Prestige label.
      • genre: Jazz
      • released in (52 years ago)
    6. "Loose" is a 1972 album by the rock band Crazy Horse, the follow-up to their self-titled debut.
      • genre: Hard rock
      • released in (43 years ago)
    7. "Loose" is a musical single of Therapy?.
      • released on (20 years ago)
    8. "Loose" is a musical single of Blue Angels.
      • released in (23 years ago)
    9. "Loose" is a musical single of Inka.
      • released in (24 years ago)
    10. "Loose" is a musical album of Chris Burroughs.
      • released in (15 years ago)
    11. "Loose" is a musical album of Martin Lomas.
      • released in (8 years ago)
    12. "Loose" is a musical single of Stella One Eleven.
      • released on (15 years ago)
    13. "Loose" is a musical album of Victoria Williams.
      • released in (21 years ago)
    14. "Loose" is a musical album of The Ganjas.
      • released in (6 years ago)
    15. "Loose" is a musical album of Jim Campilongo Electric Trio.

    Phrases with Loose

    Phrases starting with the word Loose:

    1. Loose Box
    2. loose end
    3. Loose Lip
    4. loose off
    5. Loose Ends
    6. loose smut
    7. loose-leaf
    8. Loose Daisy
    9. Loose Scrum
    10. loose woman
    11. loose cannon
    12. Loose Change

    Phrases ending with the word Loose:

    1. to loose
    2. Cut Loose
    3. let loose
    4. turn loose
    5. break loose
    6. Broke loose
    7. screw-loose
    8. Give a Loose

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    Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Loose

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    Google previewA rational Illustration of the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England: being the substance of every thing liturgical in Bishop Sparrow, Mr. L'Estrange, Dr. Comber, Dr. Nichols and all former ritualistes, comontators and others, upon the same subject (1848)

    by Charl Wheatly

    They only observe that retaining is more emphatical than binding, and that it signifies properly to keep bound, and the word remit refers to sin as a debt, whereas the word loose refers to it as a bond or chain. And if this be the sense of the ...

    Google previewThe obligations of truth in religious controversy: a critical examination of a pamphlet [by C.N. Gray] entitled 'Confession as taught by the Church of England'. (1874)

    They only observe, that retaining is more emphatical than binding, and that it signifies properly to keep bound, and that the word remit refers to sin as a debt, whereas the word loose refers to it as a bond or chain. And if this be the sense of the ...

    Google previewEncyclopedia of the New York School Poets (2015)

    1966– Hanging Loose magazine began in 1966, the same year as the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church intheBowery. Though the latter iscentral and the former only peripheral to the New York School, it is instructive to trace the parallel ...

    Google previewA Dictionary of Numeral Words, by which All Difficulty in the Remembrance of Figures is Removed (1829)

    With an Explanation of the Plan by William Henry Crook (LL.D.)

    Loose waist. Look cost. Lay aside. Elijah. Looks. Lease exist. Lose both. Looked east. Alkahest. Likes. Look aweth. Lease buy. Like dust. Lose a guest. Yolks. Eli sway. Lose а boy. Loose faith. Lease hast. Leasejusl.

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    Usage statistics about loose

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    Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective loose:


    Comparison of usage frequency between the adjective loose and its most common antonyms:

    tightloose compactloose

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    Quotes about Loose

    Remember even if you loose all, keep your good name for if you loose that you are worthless.
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    Scrabble value of L1O1O1S1E1

    The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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