1. [ adjective ] not restrained or confined or attached

"a pocket full of loose bills" "knocked the ball loose" "got loose from his attacker"

Related terms: free
2. [ adjective ] not compact or dense in structure or arrangement

"loose gravel"

Related terms: compact friable unconsolidated silty shifting
3. [ adjective ] (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player

"a loose ball"

Related terms: sport uncontrolled
4. [ adverb ] without restraint
Synonyms: free

"cows in India are running loose"

5. [ verb ] turn loose or free from restraint
Synonyms: unleash let_loose

"let loose mines" "Loose terrible plagues upon humanity"

Related terms: let_go_of
6. [ adjective ] not officially recognized or controlled
Synonyms: informal

"an informal agreement" "a loose organization of the local farmers"

Related terms: unofficial
7. [ verb ] grant freedom to; free from confinement
Synonyms: free release liberate unloosen unloose
Related terms: confine unchain unspell parole bail run bail_out liberation free
8. [ adjective ] emptying easily or excessively
Synonyms: lax

"loose bowels"

Related terms: unconstipated
9. [ adjective ] not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting

"loose clothing" "the large shoes were very loose"

Related terms: tight baggy flyaway lax
10. [ adjective ] not literal
Synonyms: liberal free

"a loose interpretation of what she had been told" "a free translation of the poem"

Related terms: inexact
11. [ adjective ] lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
Synonyms: idle

"idle talk" "a loose tongue"

Related terms: irresponsible
12. [ adjective ] not carefully arranged in a package

"a box of loose nails"

Related terms: unpackaged
13. [ adjective ] (of textures) full of small openings or gaps
Synonyms: open

"an open texture" "a loose weave"

Related terms: coarse
14. [ verb ] become loose or looser or less tight
Synonyms: relax loosen

"The noose loosened" "the rope relaxed"

Related terms: stiffen weaken relax relaxation
15. [ adjective ] not affixed
Synonyms: unaffixed

"the stamp came loose"

Related terms: affixed
16. [ verb ] become less tight
Synonyms: relax

"the rope relaxed"

Related terms: loosen
17. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 13467
18. [ adjective ] not fixed firmly or tightly

"the bolts became loose over time" "a loose chair leg" "loose bricks"

Related terms: insecure
19. [ adjective ] having escaped, especially from confinement
Synonyms: at_large escaped on_the_loose at_liberty

"a convict still at large" "searching for two escaped prisoners" "dogs loose on the streets" "criminals on the loose in the neighborhood"

Related terms: free
20. [ adjective ] not tense or taut
Synonyms: slack

"the old man's skin hung loose and gray" "slack and wrinkled skin" "slack sails" "a slack rope"

Related terms: lax
21. [ adjective ] freely producing mucus

"a loose phlegmy cough"

Related terms: phlegmy
22. [ adjective ] (sexuality) casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
Synonyms: light promiscuous sluttish wanton easy

"her easy virtue" "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women" "wanton behavior"

Related terms: unchaste
23. [ adjective ] not bound or fastened or gathered together

"loose pages" "loose papers"

Related terms: unbound
24. [ verb ] make loose or looser
Synonyms: loosen

"loosen the tension on a rope"

Related terms: stiffen change relax unscrew unscrew slack slacken loosen
Similar spelling:   loos