Synonyms of loose in English:

loose


See definition of loose

adjective

1‘a loose floorboard’

SYNONYMS

not fixed in place, not secure, insecure, unsecured, unattached

detached, unfastened

wobbly, rickety, unsteady, movable

ANTONYMS

secure, tight

2‘she wore her hair loose’

SYNONYMS

untied, unpinned, unbound, hanging free, down, flowing, floppy

3‘there's a wolf loose in the woods’

SYNONYMS

free, at large, at liberty, on the loose, escaped

unconfined, untied, unchained, untethered, unsecured, unshackled, unfastened, unrestricted, unbound

freed, let go, liberated, released, set loose

ANTONYMS

secure

4‘the loose interpretation of a particular ruling’

SYNONYMS

vague, indefinite, inexact, imprecise, ill-defined, unrigorous, unmeticulous

broad, general, rough, non-specific, inexplicit

liberal

ANTONYMS

literal, narrow

5‘a loose jacket’

SYNONYMS

baggy, loose-fitting, easy-fitting, generously cut, slack, roomy, boyfriend

oversized, shapeless, bagging, lax, hanging, sagging, sloppy, slouchy

ANTONYMS

tight

6‘a loose woman’


verb

1‘the cattle were loosed on the common’

SYNONYMS

free, set free, unloose, turn loose, set loose, let loose, let go, release, liberate

untie, unchain, unfetter, untether, unfasten, unpen, unleash

ANTONYMS

confine

2‘he loosed the reins a little’

SYNONYMS

relax, slacken, loosen

weaken, lessen, reduce, diminish, moderate, soften

ANTONYMS

tighten

3‘Brian loosed off a shot though the back of the car’

SYNONYMS

fire, discharge, shoot, eject, catapult, let go, let fly with


Phrases

    at a loose end

      ‘why don't you stay to eat, if you're at a loose end?’

      SYNONYMS

      with nothing to do, unoccupied, unemployed, at leisure, idle, purposeless, aimless, adrift, with time to kill

      bored, twiddling one's thumbs, kicking one's heels

      ANTONYMS

      busy

    break loose

      ‘the tethered horses broke loose’

      SYNONYMS

      escape, make one's escape, get away, get free, break free, free oneself

      run off, run away, make a break for it, make a run for it, bolt, take to one's heels

    let loose

      1‘she let the python loose’

      SYNONYMS

      free, set free, unloose, turn loose, set loose, let go, release, liberate

      untie, unchain, unfetter, untether, unfasten, unpen, unleash

      2‘she let loose a graceless snort’

      SYNONYMS

      emit, give, burst out with, give forth, send forth

      shout, yell, bellow

    on the loose

      ‘a serial killer was on the loose’

      SYNONYMS

      free, at liberty, at large, escaped, set loose, unconfined, unrestrained, roaming, unbound, unrestricted, untied, unchained, unshackled, unfettered

      on the run, fugitive

      informal

      on the lam