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Synonyms for loose
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. loose(adj)

    not compact or dense in structure or arrangement

    "loose gravel"

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

    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

  2. loose(adj)

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

    "a loose ball"

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

    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

  3. loose(adj)

    not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting

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

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

    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

  4. informal, loose(adj)

    not officially recognized or controlled

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

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

    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

  5. free, loose, liberal(adj)

    not literal

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

    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

    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

  6. lax, loose(adj)

    emptying easily or excessively

    "loose bowels"

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

    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

  7. unaffixed, loose(adj)

    not affixed

    "the stamp came loose"

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

    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

  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"

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

    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

  9. loose, open(adj)

    (of textures) full of small openings or gaps

    "an open texture"; "a loose weave"

    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

    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

  10. idle, loose(adj)

    lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility

    "idle talk"; "a loose tongue"

    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

    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

  11. loose(adj)

    not carefully arranged in a package

    "a box of loose nails"

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

    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

  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"

    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

    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

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

    grant freedom to; free from confinement

    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

    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

  15. unleash, let loose, loose(verb)

    turn loose or free from restraint

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

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

    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

  16. loosen, loose(verb)

    make loose or looser

    "loosen the tension on a rope"

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

    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

  17. loosen, relax, loose(adverb)

    become loose or looser or less tight

    "The noose loosened"; "the rope relaxed"

    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

    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

  18. loose, free(adverb)

    without restraint

    "cows in India are running loose"

    Synonyms:
    free

    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

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. loose

    Synonyms:
    free, inadhesive, separable

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. loose(v)

    Synonyms:
    untie, unfasten, let

    Antonyms:
    tie, fasten, hold, retain

  2. loose(a)

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. loose(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    unfasten, untie, unbind, unloose, CAST OFF

  2. loose(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    release, liberate, free, set free

  3. loose(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    detach, disconnect, disengage

  4. loose(a.)

    Synonyms:
    unbound, untied, not fastened, not confined

  5. loose(a.)

    Synonyms:
    movable, not fast, not fixed

  6. loose(a.)

    Synonyms:
    slack, relaxed, not tense, not tight

  7. loose(a.)

    Synonyms:
    open, not close, not compact, not dense

  8. loose(a.)

    Synonyms:
    prolix, rambling, not concise

  9. loose(a.)

    Synonyms:
    vague, indefinite, indistinct, indeterminate, ill-defined, not precise, not exact

  10. loose(a.)

    Synonyms:
    lax in the bowels, not costive

  11. loose(a.)

    Synonyms:
    immoral, dissolute, WANTON, unchaste, of lax morals

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    lax, coward, loosen, relaxed, bulk, cowardly, lenient, lose, released, slack

How to pronounce loose?

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British
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Australian
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Veena
Indian

How to say loose in sign language?

  1. loose

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How to use loose in a sentence?

  1. George Carlin:

    I'm not concerned about all hell breaking loose, but that a PART of hell will break loose... it'll be much harder to detect.

  2. Richard Steele:

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

  3. Tucker Carlson:

    I know it's hard, but why don't we have a right to know? If there's a rapist on the loose, if you don't tell anybody, if Bernie Madoff rips you off and you don't tell his other investors, you're part of the problem, are you not? What am I missing?

  4. Lindsey Vonn:

    It was OK. I was definitely really stiff out of the start. I've been having some rib problems, my rib's out, it feels really bad and I am just trying to keep it loose as it tightens and really messes up kind of everything.

  5. Micah Sifry:

    He is definitely a loose cannon in terms of how he uses his Twitter account, at the same time, he hasn’t been hurt by it yet because apparently a big chunk of what he’s saying is popular among Republican voters.


Translations for loose

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  • فضفاضArabic
  • sypký, volný, uvolněnýCzech
  • lösen, lockern, ausschweifend, loslassen, locker, lose, entspannt, zügellos, indiskretGerman
  • soltar, libertino, indiscreto, liberar, golfo, promiscuo, relajado, suelto, flojo, desatar, desabrochar, aflojarSpanish
  • گشاد, سست, لقPersian
  • irrottaa, löysätä, rento, epäsiveellinen, irto, vapauttaa, avara, [[päästää]] [[irti]], ampua, löyhätapainen, löyhä, irtonainen, sulava, väljä, löysä, huolimaton, irtiFinnish
  • lâche, défaireFrench
  • scaoil, scaoilte, scaoilteach, scaoil amachIrish
  • sgaoilteScottish Gaelic
  • lazaHungarian
  • missa, sleppa, fyrirgjöraIcelandic
  • sciolto, disfare, sfusoItalian
  • מְשׁוּחרָרHebrew
  • ゆるむJapanese
  • 헐거운Korean
  • سووک, شلKurdish
  • tūtangatanga, tarau makere, tangatangaMāori
  • longgarMalay
  • mul, loslaten, lossen, ontspannen, verlossen, ruim, losmaken, losDutch
  • liberar, relaxado, libertar, largo, desembalado, afrouxar, soltar, indiscreto, solto, frouxo, promíscuo, desamarrar, atirarPortuguese
  • dezlegaRomanian
  • свободный, распутный, несдержанный, расслабленный, рыхлый, отвязывать, ослабить, ослаблять, развязывать, распущенный, неосторожный, расстёгивать, отпустить, неутрамбованный, неприкреплённый, освобождать, освободить, широкий, неупакованный, отвязать, развязанный, расстегнуть, непривязанный, развязать, отпускать, просторныйRussian
  • lösSwedish
  • గట్టిగా బిగించని, త్యజించు, అనుమతించు, గట్టిగా కట్టని, సరిపోని, నిదానింపజేయు, వదులు చేయు, వత్తిడి లేకుండా, కాల్చడం ఆరంభించుటTelugu
  • rộngVietnamese
  • פרייַYiddish
  • 疏鬆Chinese

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