from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a loose manner.
  • adv. Not tightly.
  • adv. Approximately.
  • adv. Used to indicate an imprecise use of words; short for loosely speaking

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a loose manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a loose manner; not firmly or tightly: as, loosely corded or strapped.
  • Hence Freely; negligently; carelessly; without precision: as, to speak loosely; a loosely conducted enterprise.
  • Immorally; wantonly; dissolutely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. without regard to specific details or exceptions
  • adv. knitted in a loose manner
  • adv. in a relaxed manner; not rigid
  • adv. in a loose manner


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

loose +‎ -ly


  • The term loosely covers such a wide range of mental states that it even includes opposite ways of being.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • I kept running, using the term loosely now, and began licking my arm.


  • Evidently, I am the only male in this German anthology, whose title loosely translates as "Coffee with milk for heart and soul", and which also has work from Marian Keyes, among others.

    Breakfast in Bed

  • JTWallace: I cannot fathom why ANYONE would pose naked or allow It's always interestin­g to see what happens to a person when their 15 minutes of fame and I do use the term loosely is over.

    The Full Feed from

  • Western parents - I use the term loosely, which is handy for any generalization News

  • The term "loosely coupled" came into vogue with service-oriented architecture a few years ago, meaning an entity or system stands fine on its own, but when linked to other like systems, the magic happens. News

  • The publication, whose Arabic name loosely translates as "Concerning," was launched as a quarterly magazine in early 2008 by members of the Lebanese lesbian group Meem and was billed as the Arab world's first publication for lesbian and bisexual women.

    The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

  • But for the last several winters some gentleman, and I obviously use the term loosely, has dumped deer carcasses in a turnaround on the property created by the town highway department, and which had turned into a de facto garbage dump.

    Where Earth Day Hits Home

  • I once went to an art museum (I used the term loosely) where there was an exhibit (again, I use the term loosely) that consisted of Things The Lady Artist Once Used to Go Camping in the Woods.

    Brilliant, Google Art Project! The only bad thing about museums is museums!

  • And it's the kind of rivalry that, after Auburn's come-from-behind 28-27 Iron Bowl win last year, "inspired" (to use the term loosely) an Alabama "fan" (again, to use the term loosely) to "allegedly" (here, a nod to the lawyers out there) poison the beloved oak trees that Auburn students ritually cloak with toilet paper after every victory.

    Jim Noles: Occupy... Iron Bowl


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