General English

  • adjective not tight
  • adjective not attached to anything


  • adjective not packed together


  • adjective (of a ball) carelessly bowled and inaccurate in line or length
    Citation ‘With the exception of Hollins, who scored a useful 31, chiefly from loose balls to leg, no one survived for long’ (Headlam 1903)
  • adjective (of a batting stroke) carelessly played, so that the bat does not hit the ball cleanly or an easy catch is offered to the fielding side
    Citation ‘Border and Hookes … were pulling the innings round with a partnership of 123 for the fifth wicket when Hookes played a loose stroke to be caught at extra cover’ (Tony Cozier, Cricketer January 1984)