Translation of loose in Spanish:


suelto, adj.

Pronunciation /lus//luːs/

adjectivelooser, loosest

  • 1

    • 1.1(not tight)

      (blouse/jacket) suelto
      (jacket/blouse) holgado
      (jacket/blouse) amplio
      these jeans are loose around the waist estos vaqueros me quedan flojos de cintura
      • the handcuffs were loose on my wrists las esposas me quedaban flojas
      • The bodice appeared to be rather tight fitting, but the skirt was quite loose and flowing.
      • It felt good to have the wind rush through my loose garments and hair.
      • Clearly emphasising more on the textures and styling, the duo presented an entirely western range with skirts, dresses, jackets and loose trousers.
      • They were instead the baggy costume of a peasant, loose trousers and a short cropped shirt.
      • In a session the client, dressed in light, loose clothing, rests comfortably on a bodywork table.
      • The businessmen are dressed in loose shirts and trousers made out of ‘African’ - type materials.
      • The men were mainly dressed in loose robes and laced leather boots.
      • Alexa slowly traded her T-shirt and khaki pants for shorts and a loose shirt.
      • Home again, still a little over-heated, I changed back into shorts and a very loose shirt and cooled down nicely over a cup of excellent espresso.
      • Traditional male dress included loose trousers and shirt, with perhaps a robe over that, and a red-felt skullcap.
      • Barefoot and bare-chested men wore the perfunctory long white pants with drawstrings, and women wore dresses and loose shirts.
      • In all operational conditions, airmen should be fully clothed in loose garments for sun protection and reducing sweat loss.
      • She was wearing loose trousers and a blouse that hugged her figure quite tightly, all her garments were black.
      • Fleece garments are loose fitting and don't need the tiny stitches of tailored clothing.
      • She selected the simplest of the gowns, a well-tailored dress of silver silk with a loose skirt and sleeves.
      • I turned to see Aya leaning in the corner, arms folded and dressed in loose shirt and tight shorts.
      • Men wore loose shirts and trousers made of the same materials.
      • Most were dressed in comfortable, loose clothing, totally practical, which made him wonder why Isabelle had dressed the way she had.
      • He was dressed in a loose shirt, a vest, trousers and brown boots.
      • They just need to wear loose clothing and if possible they should bring a scarf they can wrap around their hips.

    • 1.2(not secure)

      (screw/knot/tile) flojo
      (tile/knot/screw) suelto
      (end/thread) suelto
      this tooth is loose tengo este diente flojo
      • the button's very loose el botón se está por caer
      • some of the pages were loose algunas páginas estaban sueltas
      • a loose connection un mal contacto
      • loose covers fundas para sillones y sofás
      • the knot had come loose el nudo se había aflojado
      • the piece had worked (itself) loose la pieza se había soltado / desprendido
      • to wear one's hair loose llevar el pelo suelto
      • His brave intervention and the ‘vicious’ attack that followed left Adam with a cracked bone under his eye and loose teeth as well as a broken nose.
      • They coated his back like a bandage, the loose weave unevenly criss-crossing over his thin, muscular body.
      • "The Frontier is a relatively loose political grouping compared to other prominent parties, " Lo said.
      • When plants were grown in a combination of compact and loose soil, the spatial arrangement of the zones determined the shoot response.
      • I know which paving stone is loose and conceals a puddle, ready to squirt up at unsuspecting commuters.
      • He stumbled slightly on a loose board of one of the bridges.
      • We hope the next flood will wash away this loose stone and it is replaced by a good, hard, smooth surface, which is more environmentally and wheelchair-friendly.
      • Overlapping this loose weave are two sets of maroon lines.
      • If the weave is loose enough, elastic stretching may give way to pulling through of the fibres to bring about a permanent change of shape.
      • Then somehow, he lost his concentration, pulled on a loose piece of stone, and stumbled backward.
      • Earlier today, his dad and I had a discussion about the loose tooth.
      • Tom claims that his sore toe is infected and that his tooth, which is loose, aches.
      • Heavy, tight weave fabrics will burn more slowly than loose weave, light fabrics of the same material.
      • The stones were loose, making it a treacherous climb.
      • The 15-year-old schoolgirl suffered a perforated eardrum and two loose teeth in the attack by up to five other children, while it was recorded.
      • Although not strictly transparent, the weave is loose enough for it to visually disappear into the background.
      • The company's units were operating as a very loose federation, linked only by the name.
      • It is rumored that the loose Federation idea has some support among the neoconservatives, which is worrisome, since they tend to get what they want.
      • These include hot, dry surface soils, shallow planting depths, compact soils, and loose or cloddy soil conditions.
      • The farmer had three loose teeth and another three that were missing.
      • These have a rather loose weave construction which helps the flavour to release.
      • High contact pressures cause the feet to penetrate through the loose material and actually compact the soil directly beneath the foot tip.
      • Check masonry walls for loose stones or mortar, and repoint if necessary.
      • Their trainers crunched against loose stones as they ran down a narrow dirt alley, bordered by high wooden fencing.
      • It creates a federation of very loose and potentially conflicting states.
      • Grinding can cause serious problems - broken or cracked teeth, gum problems, tooth sensitivity and even loose teeth.
      • After heavy overnight rain, they faced very slippery roads, invaded by thick mud and loose stones.
      • Erin had her black hair pinned up under a loose woven hairnet, much like the one that Dylan was wearing.
      • Those ten minutes translated into distance as half a mile of wading through six inch deep troughs of muddy water, half a mile of sliding and tripping over loose rocks and embedded stones.
      • That's fine for a few moments in the tomato patch, but if you want to spend a full day outside, you should know that the loose weave of straw isn't very good at blocking the sun.
      • ‘The fire brigade went up and down in their skylift several times and removed the loose stones very courageously,’ he said.
      • He scrambled back over loose stones, calling out to her impatiently.
      • Look for a natural fabric with a loose, open weave such as burlap or some types of cotton and linen.
      • There was no cut to her lip, but a tooth was loose, and blood was welling in the base of it.
      • After you have removed the old flooring, the first thing you need to do is to dig away the loose earth beneath, until you arrive at a solid soil base.
      • When the roots create a dense network on stony soils it is better gradually to remove loose stones in order to prevent any damage, which may be caused by their movement.
      • The bunches should be spargolo, loose rather than compact, so that air circulates around the individual berries during the all-important drying process.
      • The loose federation of independent record shops that went under the banner of the Chain With No Name is not yet the chain with no members, but there are fewer than there used to be.
      • Periodic meetings of ordained leaders link the districts of a settlement into a loose federation.
      • I tripped on a loose stone and hit my head on the wall.

    • 1.3(separate, not packaged)

      (cigarettes) suelto
      (lentils/tea) a granel
      (tea/lentils) suelto
      to buy/sell sth loose comprar/vender algo suelto
      • I wrote it on a loose piece of paper lo apunté en un papel (suelto)
      • You can give the loose stone as a gift and choose the setting at a later stage, if you wish.
      • Bookbinding is a term used to describe the various methods of securing or ‘binding’ together of loose pages into a book.
      • Her hair was loose now, untied from the ponytail and swinging halfway down her back.
      • A book bag or backpack helps keep loose items together.
      • While beanbags are safe they pose a risk if loose beads escape from the bean bags.
      • I brush the loose hair that escaped from my hat back away from my face, and lower my scarf to reveal more than just my red cheeks, a pair of eyes and a very red nose.
      • He picked up some loose pieces of paper and straightened them together by tapping them three times on the podium's surface.
      • This further complicated the positioning of loose blocks within the meter-thick sequence.
      • A loose paper floats from within the bag and floats to the ground.
      • Did they all get together at the end and scrape together lots of loose change after carefully dividing the bill according to work done?
      • They added that the driveway should be properly surfaced with materials other than loose stone or gravel, in the interests of highway safety.
      • He could feel her tears run down his bare torso, and let himself bury his face within her loose, newly dried hair.
      • Leaves and loose blades of grass swirled within it too.
      • The process involves putting down a sticky binding agent and then spreading it with tiny stones, or loose chippings.
      • The scree consisted of loose blocks of rock of all sizes, held together by frozen soil of smaller particles.
      • In recent years, relatives have added miniature fences and decorative loose stone chippings to some plots in this area of the cemetery, in tribute to their departed loved ones.
      • My feet dangled in the air as I closed my eyes, feeling a chilly breeze brush away the loose hair that had escaped from my braids.
      • His hair was long and wild, with loose strands and long bangs that covered his menacing eyes.
      • He carefully secures the material around my head, making sure not to snag any loose hairs within the knot and places his hands once more on my shoulders.
      • I rolled my eyes, tucking a loose curl that had escaped from my messy bun behind my ear.

    • 1.4(not compact)

      (earth) suelto
      (weave) abierto
      (weave) flojo
      [ S ]loose chippings gravilla suelta

  • 2

    a tiger is loose in the town un tigre anda suelto por la ciudad
    • loose horse caballo sin jinete
    • Over the second fence, a loose horse tore past the ring.
    • They listed children racing around on quad and motorbikes, noise from buzzing generators, loose horses and animal mess on pavements around the site among their complaints.
    • Lock up the women and children - the lion is loose!
    • They were out loose and walking along the side of the road.
    • Many of the runners fell before the final circuit and a succession of riders were toppled when a loose horse ran in front of several racers towards the end of the course.
    • He looked beaten on the run-in, and was being hampered by a loose horse, but rallied gamely for a thrilling triumph.
    • We are told that dogs are presently loose in the fields at night, and are a danger to the sheep and their young lambs.
    • This is an area which seems to have many loose dogs about and I suppose they cannot be expected to clear up after themselves.
    • The races were all on the open road, so you had to dodge all kind of obstacles - things like oncoming traffic, pedestrians and loose cows during your races.
    • The two loose donkeys, and many more loose cows, made things interesting as well.
    • I tried to report a loose horse running down Shipton Road, a large horse that could have caused a nasty accident.
    • One moribund duckling was found near loose dogs and presumably was killed by them.
    • In the 15 years since the tigers were born, no-one has been inside the compound when the beasts were loose.
    • But once she was loose, the man on guard spotted her, and shouted for the others to come, while he chased after her.
    • ‘The sheep look as though they are loose, but they're not really,’ he said.
    • All cities have ordinances against unleashed pets, and calling Animal Control about a loose dog will usually get someone to show up.
    • Locals would call to report a loose horse or missing cattle, and he would go out and round up the errant livestock.
    • ‘We have had complaints from people and I actually saw an accident myself involving a loose horse,’ he said.
    • Remarkably, Black Horse had unusual help when the game was held up for ten minutes by a loose horse invading the pitch, avoiding several attempts to be recaptured.
    • As soon as I was loose, I ran to the small window in the room.
  • 3

    • 3.1(not precise)

      (definition) poco preciso
      (translation) libre
      (translation) aproximado
      the wording is so loose as to … está redactado de forma tan vaga que …
      • a very loose use of the term un uso muy sui géneris del término
      • He said the guidelines were too loose and their interpretation by local authorities was likely to vary greatly.
      • And though Thai Buddhism forbids the taking of life, the interpretation is loose and the diet is not strictly vegetarian.
      • Unfortunately, the drawings give only a loose interpretation of the points' locations.
      • Such epic historical recreations in film have in the past left themselves open to severe criticism with their somewhat loose, sometimes ignorant interpretations of fact.
      • Following last year's loose interpretations of what the genre meant, I was expecting something of the sort.
      • By the 1970s, when the project was belatedly put in train, it was rightly judged that the effects of the Clean Air Act justified a loose interpretation of this provision.
      • It seems like a rather loose interpretation of the word slave.
      • Is such a loose interpretation and modification of the well established concept acceptable?
      • You need to look at the slow erosion of states' rights, and strict vs. loose constructionism of the Constitution.
      • Based on the country's rather loose interpretations of international law it will be interesting to see what they do with him.
      • The film is a loose interpretation of the final years of Sade's life.
      • I did it in four days and it's a country record… my loose interpretation of what country music is.
      • The new signs, in standard yellow and black, are up, and are predictably loose with their interpretation of English.
      • In that trial and others a Trial Chamber dwelt on the interpretation of this loose clause.
      • The writer again represents a loose, not a strict, construction of dietary prohibitions.

    • 3.2(flexible)

      (structure) flexible
      (organization) poco rígido
      • I was also able to practice aikido regularly and was among several of the teachers who created a loose, organizational structure for aikido dojos in Northern California.
      • Whether Armitage's proposal was formally adopted or not, "a very loose central government" is what has been created in Afghanistan.
      • Elected chancellor of the loose union of representatives of the worlds, she played the role of benevolent manager in times of strife.
      • Meanwhile, the other party leaders (and John Key) form a fairly loose cluster at the extreme opposite end of the spectrum.
      • Until the end of the twelfth century, the Mongols were little more than a loose confederation of rival clans.

  • 4

    • 4.1(immoral)

      (morals) relajado
      (morals) libertino
      (life) disoluto
      a loose woman una mujer fácil / de vida alegre
      • "Do you think Tess is a loose woman?"
      • Some traditional interpreters see this as a stern admonition - this is a loose woman, and she had better change her ways.
      • A promiscuous woman is a loose woman. Note that in all three propositions, the reference is to sexual promiscuity.

    • 4.2(indiscreet)

      (tongue) suelto
      loose talk is dangerous la indiscreción es peligrosa
      • He reports on a near-epidemic of indiscipline, suicides and loose talk
      • In too many instances, he said, the wives knew a lot about what the Bureau was doing, and they talked about it to excess — so much so that their loose talk might compromise current investigations.
      • In February 1940 a nationwide campaign was launched that warned the general public against loose talk and the dangers of unwittingly giving information to enemy sympathizers.

  • 5

    to be loose estar / andar suelto de vientre
    • Diarrhea is characterized by frequent loose or liquid stool.
    • Phototherapy can give your baby loose stools, temperature problems, or dehydration.
    • Patients often find that they must restrict or change their diet to avoid excess wind, odour or loose stool.
    • Diarrhoea was defined as three or more loose, liquid, or watery stools or at least one loose stool containing blood in a 24 hour period.
    • Only nurses commonly ascribed nappy rash, feeding problems, pulling ears, loose stools, cold symptoms, and smelly urine to teething.

transitive verb


  • 1

    (prisoner) poner en libertad
    (prisoner) soltar
    (horse) soltar
    • We loosed the horses and unpacked our things as we had always done, and I built our fire and warmed our food as I had each night; but tonight we both knew that this was the last time we should live this way.
    • Michael loaded the rest in the boot and got inside, just in case she decided to loose the beast as payback.
    • At the end of the millennial reign, Satan will be loosed and a massive rebellion against the kingdom and a fierce assault against Christ and His saints will occur.
    • It had began to cause trouble in Sudan as well, loosing cattle, killing civilians, even attacking army forces.
    • One problem with loosing the dogs of war is that sometimes it's hard to get them back on the leash.
    • Hybrid crops - these are all human-made freaks of nature, that cannot be loosed upon the ecosystem.
    • The prime minister is afraid that his protestations will be lost in the synthetic public outrage that is being loosed by the Eurosceptic media.
    • The true events at the heart of the film inspire such a sense of injustice that any dramatisation risks the danger of turning into a howl of anguish that points the finger and lets loose the dogs of moral outrage.
    • Then another hound was loosened after them.
    • They loosed huge snakes into the water - anything within range was sucked into the swift murder of the suction.
    • The Spaniards also let loose a big dog on shore which chased the terrified Arawaks and bit several of them savagely.
    • But with the party members being so mean and ungenerous, well… they'll have to let loose the dogs.
    • And I so badly want to surrender, desperate to loose myself but there is nothing.
    • It was a unique chorus that was loosed when he and his colleagues sang their native songs in different dialects.
    • Then about 150 years ago the glacial dam burst, loosing a 100-foot, landscape-scouring wave that wiped out entire villages.
  • 2

    (fire, unleash)
    (arrow) lanzar
    (violence/wrath) descargar
    (violence/wrath) desatar
    • From time to time he'd drop back through the curtains, probably to reload, and then come back to loose off another magazine.
    • The standard issue weapon is, of course, a hand phaser, which looses off a continuous stream of energy until its power cell is depleted.
    • If there is a sniper downwind of you, he will sniff the air, smell your urine, and loose off a whole clip at you, even though he can't see you.
    • Therein lies the rub though, as the horizontal turning arcs of the turrets of both tanks are extremely limited, thus the entire unit needs to turn in order to loose off an accurate shot.
    • in this part of the line we are surrounded and overlooked by the Germans on almost every side and they have a great number of guns in good positions which they loose off pretty continuously.
    • Well, there was always gunfire but that was men loosing off or practising way back in the hills.
    • We loosed off a few shots at the various damaged crockery I had scavenged and then I thought I would try a cunning scheme.
    • Tornado, Jaguar and Harrier jets, of the Royal Air Force, scream overhead loosing off powerful projectiles which thud into the targets below.
    • Sarah peeked over, spotting quickly to loose off another arrow before she was sniped off.
    • Each weapon also has two firing modes, the secondary usually producing a much more lethal punch either by virtue of increased fire rate or the size and number of shots that can be loosed off simultaneously.
    • He loosed off a couple of shots down the corridor, the kitchen staff were pouring out into the street outside.
    • Bull's eye targets were set up in the garden and under strict supervision the lads loosed off some rounds.
    • Visually striking and intriguing in concept, the link gun also takes its name from its secondary fire mode, which encourages the player to loose off a stream of fire towards a similarly armed team mate.
    • You can see why Rummy would want to loose off a little cannon fire at anybody who wrote this up.
    • Plumes of white smoke and sparks rose into the evening sky as each man o’ war loosed off a deafening broadside.