American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having freely articulated, highly mobile joints.
- adj. Limber or agile in movement.
- adj. loosely articulated or constructed
“You do look a mite flustered," Harney criticised, dropping his loose-jointed frame all over the pillows of the lounging couch.”
“A shambling, loose-jointed giant rolled out of one of the tents, yawning and rubbing the sleep from his eyes.”
“One day While Fang encountered a young wolf, gaunt and scrawny, loose-jointed with famine.”
“Before the door could close on his heels, a loose-jointed Yankee shambled in, thrust a moccasined foot to the side and hooked a chair under him, and sat down.”
“The speaker, a loose-jointed, hard-rock man from Colorado, manifested irritation and disgust when”
“One of the hunters, a tall, loose-jointed chap named Henderson, was going aft at the time from the steerage (the name the hunters facetiously gave their midships sleeping quarters) to the cabin.”
“For the moment, Kurdish officials say they would be satisfied with membership in a loose-jointed federation with the Shiite and Sunni Arabs to their south.”
“Edward was so caught by surprise that he let out a boyish whoop that released a loose-jointed giddiness.”
“They were loose-jointed and carried the boards with the ease of Masai with their spears.”
“He tried not to walk urgently, he tried to keep the fear off his face, he tried to emulate the loose-jointed walk of these Americans, he tried to blend in, to be invisible, a little man of no consequence.”
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