One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having or characterized by easy, free movement; limber.
- ‘A rangy, loose-jointed seventeen-year-old, at an athletic five ten or thereabouts he measured a bit shorter than I. He spoke softly through a perennial smile, laughed easily, and had only good words for anyone.’
- ‘He has the loose-jointed movements of an athlete, and a brisk heedlessness as he crushes raw sugar into a splash of coffee.’
- 1.1 Having loose joints.
- ‘Affected individuals often are tall, slender and loose-jointed.’
- ‘One recent study found that subjects who were "loose jointed: used more energy in walking and jogging than those who were medium or "tight jointed."’
- ‘Interestingly, while loose-jointed dancers often get into professional training programs, they are more likely to develop injuries over time.’
- 1.2 Loosely built, badly put together.
- ‘Petronius, Apuleius, Rabelais, Swift, and Voltaire all use a loose-jointed narrative form.’
- ‘He blends archival footage with a complex, loose-jointed narrative.’
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