1 unattached, unconnected, disconnected, detached, free, unsecured, unfastened, movable:
I have a loose tooth. The vacuum cleaner will pick up any loose bits
2 unconfined, untied, unfettered, released, freed, unshackled, unchained; free, at liberty, at large, on the loose, untrammelled:
In Pamplona, they allow loose bulls to run through the streets to the arena
3 unconfining, free-flowing, flowing, baggy, slack, hanging:
That skirt is loose on you since you lost weight.
4 disordered, disorganized, unbound, untied, messy; strewn or spread or tossed or thrown about or around, scattered (about or around), in disorder, in disarray, dispersed:
On the desk was a loose pile of papers.
5 rambling, disconnected, unstructured, unconnected, discontinuous, non-specific, unspecific, indefinite, imprecise, inexact, inaccurate, free, broad, rough, offhand, casual, careless, untidy, sloppy, slapdash, general, vague:
He gave a loose description of his assailant. A loose translation does not convey the flavour of the original
6 lax, relaxed, negligent, careless, sloppy:
Discipline has been quite loose around here lately.
7 wanton, dissolute, debauched, immoral, promiscuous, abandoned, fast, libertine, profligate, licentious, lewd, perverted, corrupt:
She was quickly gaining a reputation for being a loose woman.
8 break loose. escape, flee:
The boy broke loose from my grasp and ran to greet his mother.
9 hang or stay loose. relax, stay or keep calm or cool, cool off or down, sit back, take it easy:
Hang loose and everything will be all right.
10 let or set or turn loose. discharge, let go (with); emit, give out (with), fire:
They let him loose after questioning. She let loose a stream of invective like a fishwife.
11 let go, (set) free, release, let or set or turn loose; liberate, deliver:
Ten thousand balloons were loosed in the celebration.
12 untie, undo, unfasten, let go, disengage, relax, ease, loosen, slacken;, cast off:
Loose these ropes, please.
13 let go, let fly, fire, discharge, shoot, unleash, deliver:
We loosed a devastating barrage at the enemy.