Basic+ Word of the Day: loose

loose (adjective) LISTEN

These jeans are too loose.

Loose means ‘not fitting closely or tightly.’

  • A loose sweater looks good with tight jeans.
  • After she lost weight, Pam's clothes were loose.

Loose also means ‘free or released from being attached.’

  • Lila had a loose tooth.

Don't confuse it with

lose: a verb that means ‘to fail to keep.’ Example: “If you lose your keys you won’t get into the house.”

Common uses

hang loose: to stay calm (informal). Example: “Hang loose, man. Everything will be okay.”

In pop culture

Loverboy sings “Turn Me Loose.” When he says, “Turn me loose,” he wants his lover to release him from their relationship.

There are other meanings of loose.

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