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Antonyms for loose
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. loose(adj)

    not compact or dense in structure or arrangement

    "loose gravel"

    Antonyms:
    clinched, consolidated, tightfitting, controlled, cloggy, tightly fitting, tense, impacted, compact, skintight, tight-fitting, skinny, clayey, tight fitting, official, serried, unfree, skin-tight, packed, constipated, packaged, fine, close-packed, clenched, close-fitting, close, heavy, choky, snug, exact, wedged, viselike, tight, chaste, responsible

    Synonyms:
    on the loose(p), promiscuous, idle, wanton, slack, open, informal, sluttish, lax, light, free, escaped, liberal, easy, at large(p), unaffixed

  2. loose(adj)

    (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player

    "a loose ball"

    Antonyms:
    packed, unfree, tightfitting, choky, tight fitting, official, fine, skin-tight, compact, impacted, tense, snug, clinched, wedged, consolidated, tight, responsible, cloggy, chaste, tight-fitting, close, skintight, skinny, clenched, heavy, close-fitting, close-packed, exact, serried, clayey, constipated, tightly fitting, viselike, packaged, controlled

    Synonyms:
    on the loose(p), promiscuous, idle, wanton, slack, open, informal, sluttish, lax, light, free, escaped, liberal, easy, at large(p), unaffixed

  3. loose(adj)

    not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting

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

    Antonyms:
    packed, tense, unfree, fine, close, tight, serried, controlled, snug, consolidated, tight-fitting, exact, wedged, chaste, clinched, heavy, tightfitting, impacted, clayey, skintight, constipated, packaged, tightly fitting, responsible, compact, official, skinny, cloggy, clenched, viselike, tight fitting, skin-tight, close-fitting, close-packed, choky

    Synonyms:
    on the loose(p), promiscuous, idle, wanton, slack, open, informal, sluttish, lax, light, free, escaped, liberal, easy, at large(p), unaffixed

  4. informal, loose(adj)

    not officially recognized or controlled

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

    Antonyms:
    tight, fine, packed, serried, official, close-fitting, close, packaged, skintight, chaste, unfree, close-packed, impacted, clenched, heavy, tight fitting, clayey, tight-fitting, cloggy, choky, tightly fitting, responsible, exact, tense, tightfitting, wedged, constipated, consolidated, compact, skinny, skin-tight, controlled, clinched, viselike, snug

    Synonyms:
    idle, sluttish, informal, easy, wanton, cozy, escaped, liberal, free, open, lax, intimate, unaffixed, on the loose(p), light, slack, promiscuous, at large(p)

  5. free, loose, liberal(adj)

    not literal

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

    Antonyms:
    cloggy, serried, controlled, close-packed, snug, consolidated, clenched, tightfitting, unfree, skintight, tight, tight-fitting, clayey, skinny, heavy, packed, skin-tight, tense, tightly fitting, compact, exact, chaste, choky, wedged, close, responsible, clinched, impacted, tight fitting, constipated, close-fitting, viselike, fine, packaged, official

    Synonyms:
    spare, bountiful, sluttish, wanton, devoid, liberal, big, at large(p), idle, costless, large-minded, bounteous, easy, promiscuous, tolerant, detached, informal, complimentary, unaffixed, handsome, open, gratis(p), bighearted, slack, innocent, on the loose(p), destitute, freehanded, gratuitous, barren, broad, free, openhanded, giving, light, escaped, lax

  6. lax, loose(adj)

    emptying easily or excessively

    "loose bowels"

    Antonyms:
    tight, unfree, impacted, serried, compact, skinny, close-fitting, clinched, chaste, tight-fitting, viselike, packaged, clayey, tense, controlled, exact, cloggy, close, fine, skintight, constipated, wedged, responsible, packed, choky, snug, tight fitting, tightly fitting, close-packed, heavy, official, tightfitting, skin-tight, clenched, consolidated

    Synonyms:
    idle, promiscuous, informal, easy, wanton, sluttish, escaped, liberal, free, open, lax, unaffixed, on the loose(p), light, slack, at large(p)

  7. unaffixed, loose(adj)

    not affixed

    "the stamp came loose"

    Antonyms:
    cloggy, close-packed, chaste, fine, exact, tightfitting, skinny, skintight, tight-fitting, clinched, controlled, consolidated, clenched, packed, constipated, viselike, unfree, heavy, compact, official, tight, snug, choky, skin-tight, clayey, packaged, close, serried, tightly fitting, responsible, tight fitting, wedged, impacted, tense, close-fitting

    Synonyms:
    idle, promiscuous, informal, easy, wanton, sluttish, escaped, liberal, free, open, lax, unaffixed, on the loose(p), light, slack, at large(p)

  8. loose, slack(adj)

    not tense or taut

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

    Antonyms:
    fine, tight, clayey, packaged, official, skintight, tight fitting, clinched, clenched, responsible, constipated, skinny, tightly fitting, skin-tight, viselike, chaste, close-fitting, unfree, consolidated, impacted, exact, snug, compact, close, choky, controlled, packed, tightfitting, serried, tight-fitting, close-packed, cloggy, heavy, tense, wedged

    Synonyms:
    idle, promiscuous, informal, easy, wanton, sluttish, escaped, liberal, free, open, lax, unaffixed, on the loose(p), light, slack, at large(p)

  9. loose, open(adj)

    (of textures) full of small openings or gaps

    "an open texture"; "a loose weave"

    Antonyms:
    compact, heavy, cloggy, clenched, skintight, chaste, serried, snug, tight, wedged, consolidated, tight fitting, packed, unfree, controlled, packaged, clinched, close, constipated, impacted, responsible, tense, clayey, skinny, close-fitting, close-packed, exact, tightfitting, official, tightly fitting, viselike, tight-fitting, skin-tight, choky, fine

    Synonyms:
    undefended, undetermined, sluttish, wanton, receptive, unresolved, assailable, at large(p), free, heart-to-heart, undecided, subject, promiscuous, undefendable, liberal, opened, exposed, unaffixed, open, clear, slack, idle, unfastened, on the loose(p), easy, overt, candid, open(a), capable, informal, light, escaped, lax

  10. idle, loose(adj)

    lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility

    "idle talk"; "a loose tongue"

    Antonyms:
    viselike, exact, packaged, close-fitting, compact, controlled, consolidated, tightfitting, clayey, packed, close-packed, tightly fitting, official, skinny, impacted, responsible, chaste, unfree, fine, heavy, serried, tight-fitting, close, snug, tense, clenched, skintight, skin-tight, clinched, cloggy, choky, tight fitting, tight, constipated, wedged

    Synonyms:
    wanton, idle, escaped, wild, sluttish, informal, dead, on the loose(p), out of work, easy, unused, liberal, free, jobless, open, lax, unaffixed, groundless, promiscuous, light, slack, unfounded, baseless, at large(p), unwarranted

  11. loose(adj)

    not carefully arranged in a package

    "a box of loose nails"

    Antonyms:
    serried, official, constipated, skintight, snug, controlled, skin-tight, tense, tight, exact, close-packed, viselike, wedged, close-fitting, clenched, tight fitting, tight-fitting, skinny, tightfitting, fine, clinched, heavy, packaged, clayey, close, responsible, packed, choky, tightly fitting, chaste, cloggy, unfree, compact, consolidated, impacted

    Synonyms:
    on the loose(p), promiscuous, idle, wanton, slack, open, informal, sluttish, lax, light, free, escaped, liberal, easy, at large(p), unaffixed

  12. at large(p), escaped, loose, on the loose(p)(adj)

    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"

    Antonyms:
    heavy, clinched, close-packed, close, tight, consolidated, tight fitting, impacted, serried, skin-tight, exact, packed, close-fitting, tightly fitting, chaste, fine, tightfitting, skinny, responsible, clenched, clayey, official, controlled, viselike, choky, tense, compact, snug, tight-fitting, cloggy, constipated, packaged, unfree, skintight, wedged

  13. easy, light, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton(verb)

    casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior

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

    Antonyms:
    impacted, clayey, cloggy, serried, close-packed, skin-tight, compact, tightly fitting, constipated, choky, responsible, chaste, exact, skinny, wedged, skintight, tight-fitting, packed, snug, controlled, tight fitting, heavy, close-fitting, tight, clenched, close, fine, consolidated, viselike, packaged, tightfitting, tense, official, clinched, unfree

    Synonyms:
    motiveless, light-headed, sluttish, wanton, wakeful, faint, prosperous, at large(p), well-situated, soft, gentle, idle, blowsy, lightsome, blowzy, light-colored, unaccented, slatternly, weak, low-cal, lite, easy, promiscuous, well-off, liberal, abstemious, informal, unclouded, leisurely, unaffixed, open, light(a), well-to-do, clear, well-fixed, easygoing, on the loose(p), comfortable, lightheaded, clean, tripping, short, scant(p), unprovoked, free, well-heeled, slack, light, swooning, calorie-free, escaped, lax

  14. free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen, loose(verb)

    grant freedom to; free from confinement

    Antonyms:
    fine, tight fitting, clayey, tightfitting, tightly fitting, tight-fitting, skintight, responsible, compact, close-fitting, close, clenched, viselike, choky, wedged, serried, close-packed, consolidated, controlled, exact, chaste, heavy, skinny, unfree, cloggy, clinched, impacted, official, packed, constipated, packaged, skin-tight, tight, tense, snug

    Synonyms:
    turn, unfreeze, unloose, expel, exhaust, let loose, release, resign, emancipate, unblock, liberate, loosen, publish, disembarrass, unloosen, put out, let go of, exempt, give up, relinquish, justify, absolve, unleash, relieve, secrete, rid, let go, dislodge, bring out, discharge, issue, free, relax, disengage, eject, set free

  15. unleash, let loose, loose(verb)

    turn loose or free from restraint

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

    Antonyms:
    fine, clenched, consolidated, close-fitting, controlled, close, wedged, exact, heavy, tight, skin-tight, tightfitting, chaste, serried, responsible, clayey, tightly fitting, tense, clinched, official, constipated, viselike, cloggy, packed, snug, compact, skinny, unfree, impacted, choky, tight fitting, packaged, tight-fitting, skintight, close-packed

    Synonyms:
    loosen, relax, release, let loose, emit, free, unleash, let out, unloose, unloosen, utter, liberate

  16. loosen, loose(verb)

    make loose or looser

    "loosen the tension on a rope"

    Antonyms:
    compact, tense, clayey, close, skin-tight, controlled, responsible, clenched, packed, close-fitting, serried, viselike, tight, official, exact, tightfitting, wedged, close-packed, skintight, heavy, cloggy, clinched, skinny, tightly fitting, packaged, constipated, chaste, impacted, tight-fitting, fine, unfree, snug, consolidated, choky, tight fitting

    Synonyms:
    loosen, tease, release, unleash, free, liberate, untie, unloose, tease apart, let loose, unloosen, relax, undo

  17. loosen, relax, loose(adverb)

    become loose or looser or less tight

    "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"

    Antonyms:
    clayey, constipated, wedged, chaste, fine, official, packaged, snug, tightfitting, viselike, skinny, close-fitting, tense, skintight, responsible, impacted, tight, exact, clenched, tightly fitting, close-packed, tight-fitting, consolidated, close, serried, tight fitting, compact, controlled, heavy, choky, packed, skin-tight, clinched, cloggy, unfree

    Synonyms:
    let loose, untie, liberate, decompress, slow down, unbend, unloosen, tease, loosen, undo, loosen up, unlax, tease apart, release, free, slack up, unleash, unloose, relax, slack, unwind, make relaxed, unstrain, slacken

  18. loose, free(adverb)

    without restraint

    "cows in India are running loose"

    Antonyms:
    tight, choky, tightly fitting, close-fitting, unfree, fine, exact, serried, clinched, wedged, compact, clayey, viselike, close, snug, tight-fitting, close-packed, tightfitting, impacted, official, packed, responsible, chaste, constipated, skin-tight, skintight, tense, skinny, consolidated, packaged, controlled, heavy, tight fitting, clenched, cloggy

    Synonyms:
    free

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. loose

    Antonyms:
    adhesive, cohesive, glutinous, gummy, sticking, sticky, viscid, viscous

    Synonyms:
    free, inadhesive, separable

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. loose(v)

    Antonyms:
    tie, fasten, hold, retain

    Synonyms:
    untie, unfasten, let

  2. loose(a)

    Antonyms:
    bound, tied, fastened, tight, moored, lashed, secured, thick, close, dense, compact, pointed, accurate, exact, consecutive, strict, logical, scientific, conscientious

    Synonyms:
    unbound, detached, flowing, scattered, sparse, incompact, vague, inexact, rambling, dissolute, licentious

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. loose(a)

    Synonyms:
    unbound, disengaged, movable, unfastened, unrestrained, detached, relaxed, incompact, porous

  2. loose(v)

    Synonyms:
    release, disengage, free, disentangle, liberate, absolve, remit, relax, loosen, slacken

Editors Contribution

  1. straight-laced

    undisciplined, unpredictable, noncomformist

    Submitted by anonymous on February 24, 2020  
  2. tether

    freed not chained

    i ripped the tether out of the wall

    Submitted by anonymous on January 26, 2020  

How to use loose in a sentence?

  1. Samuel Johnson:

    ESSAY -- A loose sally of the mind an irregular indigested piece not a regular and orderly composition.

  2. Herki Siider:

    Don´t loose the lesson, but don´t miss it either.

  3. Lisa Bowers:

    Honestly, if it was between him and Hillary Clinton, I'd vote for Hillary Clinton. At least with that, you kind of know what you're dealing with, he's just a loose cannon.

  4. Shen Weizheng:

    Even if A shares are included, it would still just be a symbolic event. The real impact would be limited, my biggest concern now is China's economy. After strong stimulus previously, the government seems to have suddenly tightened the liquidity tap. I'm afraid the economy will loose steam.

  5. Rafay Baloch:

    There is nothing more dangerous than a desperate man who has nothing to loose.

How to pronounce loose?

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Alex
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Daniel
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Karen
Australian
Veena
Veena
Indian

How to say loose in sign language?

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