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Adjective: loose (looser,loosest)  loos
  1. Not tight; not closely constrained, constricted or constricting
    "loose clothing"; "the large shoes were very loose"
  2. Not compact or dense in structure or arrangement
    "loose gravel"
  3. (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player
    "a loose ball"
  4. Not officially recognized or controlled
    "a loose organization of the local farmers";
    - informal
  5. Not literal
    "a loose interpretation of what she had been told";
    - free, liberal
  6. Emptying easily or excessively
    "loose bowels";
    - lax
  7. Not affixed
    "the stamp came loose";
    - unaffixed
  8. Not tense or taut
    "the old man's skin hung loose and grey";
    - slack
  9. (of textures) full of small openings or gaps
    "a loose weave";
    - open
  10. Lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
    "a loose tongue";
    - idle
  11. Not carefully arranged in a package
    "a box of loose nails"
  12. Having escaped, especially from confinement
    "dogs loose on the streets"; "criminals on the loose in the neighbourhood";
    - at large, escaped, on the loose
  13. Casual and unrestrained in sexual behaviour
    "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women";
    - easy, light, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton, tarty, slutty
Verb: loose  loos
  1. Grant freedom to; free from confinement
    - free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen
  2. Turn loose or free from restraint
    "let loose mines"; "Loose terrible plagues upon humanity";
    - unleash, let loose
  3. Make less tight or stiff
    "loose the tension on a rope";
    - loosen
  4. Become loose, looser or less tight
    - loosen, relax
Adverb: loose  loos
  1. Without restraint
    "cows in India are running loose";
    - free

Derived forms: loosest, loosing, looses, looser, loosed

See also: baggy, coarse, flyaway, free, harsh, inexact, irresponsible, lax, light, loose-fitting, regular, saggy, shifting, silty, sloppy, unchaste, unconsolidated, unconstipated, uncontrolled, unfirm, unofficial, unpackaged

Type of: alter, change, let go, let go of, modify, release, relinquish, weaken

Antonym: compact, tight

Encyclopedia: Loose, Loud, & Crazy