Definition of loosely in English:

loosely

adverb

  • 1In a way that is not firmly or tightly fixed or held together.

    ‘her hair hung loosely over her shoulders’
    ‘a bow tied loosely at the collar’
    • ‘In such areas, herbicide binds loosely to soil particles, meaning less chemical can be used.’
    • ‘The arrangement of the hair is in the French style, which features loosely curled tendrils hanging softly at the sides of the face.’
    • ‘Lines coiled on deck or loosely tied to railings do not meet that requirement.’
    • ‘His hair, through inattention, becomes long, coarse, and bushy, and loosely dangles upon his shoulders.’
    • ‘Jake stepped off the stage, a towel hung loosely around his neck.’
    • ‘Loosely tie the plants to the stakes.’
    • ‘Some of the water weeds are loosely rooted and others are firmly rooted.’
    • ‘Inside the skull and vertebral column, the brain and spinal cord are loosely suspended and protected by several connective tissue sheaths.’
    • ‘The outer plates hold the outer laths loosely in place, allowing sliding during the formation of the shell.’
    • ‘The lanterns were loosely hanging on strings through the cherry trees, slowly swaying in the breeze.’
  • 2In a way that does not fit tightly or closely.

    ‘a loosely fitting white shirt’
    ‘cover loosely with foil and bake in a preheated oven’
    • ‘Loosely fitting screw-capped lids permitted air circulation, restricted evaporation, and limited contamination.’
    • ‘If you are painting with an airless sprayer, set it up in the shade, and keep a cloth loosely draped over the paint bucket.’
    • ‘There he is, emerging from the pines, wearing jeans and a white T-shirt draped loosely over his thin but sturdy frame.’
    • ‘Usually, you can drape one of the blankets loosely across the face during trips between the house and car.’
    • ‘Bring to a boil, then loosely cover pot and simmer until tender but not mushy, about one hour.’
    • ‘Put the stems in water and cover the leaves loosely with paper towels.’
    • ‘The roast pork is served with a garlic sauce in a separate bowl and a big piece of crispy skin placed loosely on top of the meat.’
    • ‘His nightshirt was pure white linen, hanging loosely over his body almost to his toes.’
    • ‘Paper is wrapped loosely around the hive and held in place with strong cord.’
    • ‘They prefer procedure masks because the masks fit loosely and are easier to breathe through than surgical masks.’
  • 3In a way that is not close, compact, or solid in structure or formation.

    ‘buildings are grouped loosely around a village green’
    ‘spinach can be packed loosely in a plastic bag’
    • ‘He covers the long mounds with a loosely woven plastic screen.’
    • ‘They added clean, loosely packed sand to each column.’
    • ‘The external face of each panel is clad in a layer of steel wire cages, containing loosely compacted stones.’
    • ‘Then he put them into a single, one-inch high, loosely stacked pile.’
    • ‘The new home was inside a loosely built stone wall, far safer than the old one.’
    • ‘Vegetation, for instance, is an agitated composition featuring three loosely arranged horizontal bands.’
    • ‘Its hot, bright colors on the slender, loosely assembled clay pieces are glinting like light on water or a school of tropical fish.’
    • ‘The bamboo is loosely woven around horizontal members, then tied with a simple cowhide cross-stitch.’
    • ‘Among his most engaging works is one depicting a loosely constructed, elongated structure akin to a covered bridge.’
    • ‘These have been carefully cleaned and apparently loosely stacked without mortar.’
    1. 3.1 In a way that is not rigidly organized.
      ‘discussions were loosely structured to enhance informality’
      ‘a loosely organized group of collectors’
      • ‘He participated in a loosely organized international association of artists deeply influenced by the theories of John Cage.’
      • ‘He buys organic soybeans from individuals in a loosely organized group of independent Michigan growers.’
      • ‘These deepened links replaced the passive acceptance of loosely connected, but dispensable, relationships between agriculture and rural communities.’
      • ‘Such experiments were carried considerably further by a loosely knit group of younger painters.’
      • ‘She was part of a loosely affiliated group of new landscape painters.’
      • ‘A loosely structured group of artists, they flourished particularly from the late 1940s to the early 1960s.’
      • ‘He argued that the Articles of Confederation, which had loosely united the states since the end of the war, were crippling congressional efficiency and needed to be revamped.’
      • ‘It was a loosely organized international group of avant-garde artists set up in Germany in 1962.’
      • ‘At first glance, this solo debut of the Swiss artist might have been mistaken for a loosely organized group show.’
      • ‘He was part of a loosely organized movement in literature and visual arts, characterized by a rejection of direct, literal representation in favor of evocation and suggestion.’
  • 4In a physically relaxed manner.

    ‘he moved loosely from side to side’
    • ‘We were both sitting on the grass, and his elbows were resting on his knees, his hands hanging loosely between them.’
    • ‘Regular stretching and joint movement exercises maximize the range of motion of joints and the ability to freely and loosely move as you age.’
    • ‘The group spreads out, each person standing loosely with legs slightly apart.’
    • ‘Loosely rest your hands on the bars, and only do that when it's needed to maintain your balance.’
    • ‘Just rest nakedly at home in this vividly awake present awareness—relax loosely and rest.’
    • ‘Standing with loosely relaxed knees, they start to work their feet by stamping rhythms on the floor.’
    • ‘He has a habit of carrying the ball loosely and away from his body, especially when moving to avoid defenders.’
    • ‘If you can't keep your legs crossed even in half-lotus position, then just sit loosely in Indian style.’
    • ‘With your arms hanging loosely at your sides and your toes pointed slightly outward, perform an imaginary seated leg extension.’
    • ‘She let herself fall into the embrace, tucking her wet face into his shoulder while her arms hung loosely over his back.’
    1. 4.1 In a way that is not strict or exact.
      ‘the term is interpreted loosely’
      ‘the novel is loosely autobiographical’
      • ‘The degrees of freedom associated with the curve s are loosely interpreted as the number of parameters used in fitting s.’
      • ‘Rerunning a sporting event—even one as loosely defined as celebrity boxing—is almost unheard of in network television.’
      • ‘Her story loosely mirrors the author's own experiences as the indentured servant of a mean-spirited and violent woman.’
      • ‘If we are looking generally at objectionable material, with "objectionable" being defined rather loosely, then email and Internet policing poses some problems.’
      • ‘He is a fictional creation loosely based on one of the guards at the prison, which reinforces the artificial "balance" that the filmmakers bring to the story.’
      • ‘Many papers use a system loosely known as the "bank," in which editors are given fair latitude to go up columns or pages as big events warrant.’
      • ‘I will loosely characterize an elite reporter as one who comes from a managerial or professional family and has attended a highly selective university.’
      • ‘He said it is the primary responsibility of government to do things—I am paraphrasing very loosely—that are good for families and to reject things that are bad for families.’
      • ‘This method could be loosely described as an asynchronous analog of the method described in Mangel and Adler.’
      • ‘The experience of seeing a film can be loosely categorized as internal and external.’
    2. 4.2 In a careless and indiscreet manner.
      ‘you shouldn't speak loosely outside the group’
      • ‘As he chattered loosely, I began to wonder if I could trust him.’
      • ‘It is irresponsible and reckless to loosely talk about one of the most divisive, hurtful symbols in American history.’
      • ‘Strangers near me were gossiping loosely about the trial.’
      • ‘During the campaign, he was confronted by a man who spoke loosely and negligently of illegitimate children and the welfare system.’
      • ‘When their critics speak loosely of their "influence," without taking care to qualify their statements, they are feeding a current of bigotry in the wider culture.’
      • ‘I've been loosely blabbing a little bit lately, and this is the time I need to come clean about the whole thing.’
      • ‘We all have to be very cautious in this country not to be talking loosely about criminal liability.’
      • ‘By the 17th century, the verb "gossip" had come into widespread usage meaning to talk loosely about the personal affairs of others.’
      • ‘People talk loosely of having "a bit of flu" when they get a snuffly nose.’
      • ‘Many people speak loosely of others living useless or futile lives, as if a person's worth can be gauged on the basis of his or her activity.’
    3. 4.3 (with reference to play in cricket) in an inaccurate or careless manner.
      ‘Kirby bowled loosely’

Pronunciation

loosely

/ˈluːsli/