Definition of loose-knit in English:


(also loosely knit)


  • Connected in a tenuous or vague way.

    ‘a loose-knit grouping of independent states’
    • ‘The three killers were part of a loose-knit gang behind a major crimewave of carjackings and thefts that began around October last year.’
    • ‘And like film-making, it required collaborative effort, leading to the formation of a loose-knit group of artists and actors.’
    • ‘He said in a statement: ‘It takes time to investigate members of loose-knit networks across international boundaries.’’
    • ‘Political and social groups, community centers, and loose-knit affinity groups, often facilitated by the Internet, are popping up in places where gays and lesbians were once invisible.’
    • ‘What makes their operation unprecedented is that they have apparently created loose-knit organisations from previously separate groups of criminals: Virus-writers, spammers and credit-card thieves.’
    • ‘Five years later, this loose-knit group of secularists, intellectuals, students, and activists has developed into something of a network of activists for change.’
    • ‘The groups themselves differ in their structure: some are formally constituted and readily identifiable; others are loose-knit and hard to pin down.’
    • ‘It is ‘… a loose-knit band of private soldiers predominantly based in the US.‘’
    • ‘Austria wished to uphold the loose-knit confederation; Prussia sought to meld it into a unitary German empire, whose capital would be Berlin.’
    • ‘Organized by a loose-knit group of security professionals and wireless enthusiasts, planners say the organisation serves to raise awareness of the need for home and corporate users to secure wireless networks from unwanted access or snooping.’
    • ‘‘We wanted to create a loose-knit community for creative people that was professional but not stuffy,’ says Daniel.’
    • ‘In fact, what you really have is a very loose-knit group of libertarian-oriented intellectuals with many disagreements among themselves.’
    • ‘His organisation is loose-knit and, by all accounts, the dissident does not risk making satellite calls himself.’
    • ‘It comes not only from established organisations with clearly defined victims, but also from unaffiliated, loose-knit networks of individuals with a much broader agenda.’
    • ‘The result, despite its flaws, is a loose-knit, ear-pleasing rock effort.’
    • ‘The loose-knit band of free-software enthusiasts has already succeeded where the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission have failed.’
    • ‘Through the Christian Anglo-Saxon period the word ‘monastery’ (Latin monasterium, English mynster) covered institutions ranging from true Benedictine houses to small, loose-knit communities of priests.’
    • ‘In 1890 the St Ives Art Club was formed, and the community grew rapidly, although it was always more loose-knit than the Newlyn colony, focused around the place rather than any leading artist.’
    • ‘Gangs are loose-knit and members often fall out with each other.’
    • ‘Furthermore the shift from close-knit to loose-knit networks consequent upon industrial change was significant for ‘the way in which women perceive their position’.’