(1)   Not affixed
"The stamp came loose"
(2)   Not bound or fastened or gathered together
"Loose pages"
"Loose papers"
(3)   Casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
"Her easy virtue"
"He was told to avoid loose (or light) women"
"Wanton behavior"
(4)   Not compact or dense in structure or arrangement
"Loose gravel"
(5)   (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player
"A loose ball"
(6)   Emptying easily or excessively
"Loose bowels"
(7)   Not literal
"A loose interpretation of what she had been told"
"A free translation of the poem"
(8)   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"
(9)   Not restrained or confined or attached
"A pocket full of loose bills"
"Knocked the ball loose"
"Got loose from his attacker"
(10)   Freely producing mucus
"A loose phlegmy cough"
(11)   Not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting
"Loose clothing"
"The large shoes were very loose"
(12)   Not officially recognized or controlled
"An informal agreement"
"A loose organization of the local farmers"
(13)   Not carefully arranged in a package
"A box of loose nails"
(14)   Lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
"Idle talk"
"A loose tongue"
(15)   Not fixed firmly or tightly
"The bolts became loose over time"
"A loose chair leg"
"Loose bricks"
(16)   (of textures) full of small openings or gaps
"An open texture"
"A loose weave"
(17)   Not tense or taut
"The old man's skin hung loose and grey"
"Slack and wrinkled skin"
"Slack sails"
"A slack rope"


(18)   Without restraint
"Cows in India are running loose"


(19)   Become loose or looser or less tight
"The noose loosened"
"The rope relaxed"
(20)   Make loose or looser
"Loosen the tension on a rope"
(21)   Turn loose or free from restraint
"Let loose mines"
"Loose terrible plagues upon humanity"
(22)   Grant freedom to; free from confinement


  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.
  5. to shoot (an arrow)


free, release loosen, unbind, undo, unfasten, untie loosen, relax, slacken let go, release fire, shoot


: bind, constrain: bind, fasten, tie: tighten: tighten fast


  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


separate, unpackaged free, untethered baggy loose-limbed, relaxed indiscreet polygamous, promiscuous, slutty, tarty, whorish


packaged bound, leashed, tethered, tied, tied up close-fitting, snug, tight compact, firm tense, tensed discreet faithful, monogamous