from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To unloose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To unloose; to loosen

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To loosen; to unloose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To unloose; loosen.

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

  • v. grant freedom to; free from confinement
  • v. loosen the ties of


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Not only that, but unloosen is actually a perfectly good, old verb; so is unloose, which turns up in Shakespeare and Sheridan and Shelley.

    Word Court

  • He could unloosen a fly in a hotel lobby without anyone seeing.

    New York at Twenty-Six

  • I was able to unloosen my belt and then wrap it around my hand with the thick buckle dangling by my side.

    Blue Rage, Black Redemption

  • I just want to hang out with my family and friends and, you know, eat Doritos until I have to unloosen my belt.

    CNN Transcript Aug 4, 2006

  • Tony Blair, who has just been elected prime minister, realizes the monarchy is at stake if she doesn ` t unloosen that stiff upper lip.

    CNN Transcript Sep 29, 2006

  • Thus it is that unloosen in the vernacular has the sense not of 'tighten' but of 'loosen'. STILL UNPACKED.

  • Arrived at the halting place, the first thing the muleteer does, is to go from mule to mule to unloosen that cord; the loads then fall to the ground.

    Travels in Nubia

  • Saying this, one by one advanced and proceeded to unloosen the purse, and to unclasp the fan-case; and allowing Pao-yü no time to make any remonstrance, they stripped him of every ornament in the way of appendage which he carried about on his person.

    Hung Lou Meng

  • When you breathe you actually help to unloosen them and let them go.

    Jumpstart Your Metabolism

  • Mister Wilkins 'eyes bugged out an he say, "Argggg!" an start fannin the air an tryin to unloosen his seatbelt.

    Forrest Gump


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.