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Antonyms for loose
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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. looseverb

    Antonyms:
    tie, fasten, hold, retain

    Synonyms:
    untie, unfasten, let

  2. looseadjective

    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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. looseadjective

    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. looseadjective

    (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. looseadjective

    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, looseadjective

    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, liberaladjective

    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, looseadjective

    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, looseadjective

    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, slackadjective

    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, openadjective

    (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, looseadjective

    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. looseadjective

    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)adjective

    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, wantonverb

    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, looseverb

    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, looseverb

    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, looseverb

    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, looseadverb

    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, freeadverb

    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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. looseadjective

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

  2. looseverb

    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. Toby Sembower:

    My budget was always very loose and flexible, what was most important to me was that I get to work with the most talented people possible and in the best work setting possible.

  2. Walt Whitman:

    I am for those who believe in loose delights, I share the midnight orgies of young men, I dance with the dancers and drink with the drinkers.

  3. Kristine Arthur:

    Sugar tends to pull fluid out of the GI tract, which can lead to loose, watery stools and diarrhea.

  4. Rafay Baloch:

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

  5. Richard Steele:

    To behold her is an immediate check to loose behavior; to love her is a liberal education.

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