I. adjective (looser; loosest) Etymology: Middle English lous, from Old Norse lauss; akin to Old High German lōs loose — more at -less Date: 13th century 1. a. not rigidly fastened or securely attached b. (1) having worked partly free from attachments <
a loose tooth
(2) having relative freedom of movement c. produced freely and accompanied by raising of mucus <
a loose cough
d. not tight-fitting 2. a. free from a state of confinement, restraint, or obligation <
a lion loose in the streets
spend loose funds wisely
b. not brought together in a bundle, container, or binding c. archaic disconnected, detached 3. a. not dense, close, or compact in structure or arrangement b. not solid ; watery <
loose stools
4. a. lacking in restraint or power of restraint <
a loose tongue
b. lacking moral restraint ; unchaste c. overactive; specifically marked by frequent voiding especially of watery stools <
loose bowels
5. a. not tightly drawn or stretched ; slack b. being flexible or relaxed <
stay loose
6. a. lacking in precision, exactness, or care <
loose brushwork
loose usage
b. permitting freedom of interpretation 7. not in the possession of either of two competing teams <
a loose ball
a loose puck
loosely adverblooseness noun II. verb (loosed; loosing) Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to let loose ; release b. to free from restraint 2. to make loose ; untie <
loose a knot
3. to cast loose ; detach 4. to let fly ; discharge 5. to make less rigid, tight, or strict ; relax intransitive verb to let fly a missile (as an arrow) ; fire III. adverb Date: 15th century in a loose manner ; loosely

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