Translation of loose in Spanish:


suelto, adj.

Pronunciation /luːs//lus/


  • 1

    • 1.1(not tight)

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

    • 1.2(not secure)

      (knot/screw/tile) flojo
      (knot/screw/tile) 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
      • 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.
      • Tom claims that his sore toe is infected and that his tooth, which is loose, aches.
      • The stones were loose, making it a treacherous climb.
      • Their trainers crunched against loose stones as they ran down a narrow dirt alley, bordered by high wooden fencing.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • ‘The fire brigade went up and down in their skylift several times and removed the loose stones very courageously,’ he said.
      • 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.
      • Look for a natural fabric with a loose, open weave such as burlap or some types of cotton and linen.
      • When plants were grown in a combination of compact and loose soil, the spatial arrangement of the zones determined the shoot response.
      • 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.
      • Heavy, tight weave fabrics will burn more slowly than loose weave, light fabrics of the same material.
      • 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.
      • Although not strictly transparent, the weave is loose enough for it to visually disappear into the background.
      • The bunches should be spargolo, loose rather than compact, so that air circulates around the individual berries during the all-important drying process.
      • High contact pressures cause the feet to penetrate through the loose material and actually compact the soil directly beneath the foot tip.
      • 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.
      • Check masonry walls for loose stones or mortar, and repoint if necessary.
      • 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.
      • They coated his back like a bandage, the loose weave unevenly criss-crossing over his thin, muscular body.
      • There was no cut to her lip, but a tooth was loose, and blood was welling in the base of it.
      • These include hot, dry surface soils, shallow planting depths, compact soils, and loose or cloddy soil conditions.
      • Overlapping this loose weave are two sets of maroon lines.
      • Earlier today, his dad and I had a discussion about the loose tooth.
      • Erin had her black hair pinned up under a loose woven hairnet, much like the one that Dylan was wearing.
      • After heavy overnight rain, they faced very slippery roads, invaded by thick mud and loose stones.
      • Grinding can cause serious problems - broken or cracked teeth, gum problems, tooth sensitivity and even loose teeth.
      • I tripped on a loose stone and hit my head on the wall.
      • Then somehow, he lost his concentration, pulled on a loose piece of stone, and stumbled backward.
      • "The Frontier is a relatively loose political grouping compared to other prominent parties, " Lo said.
      • Periodic meetings of ordained leaders link the districts of a settlement into a loose federation.
      • I know which paving stone is loose and conceals a puddle, ready to squirt up at unsuspecting commuters.
      • It creates a federation of very loose and potentially conflicting states.
      • 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.
      • He scrambled back over loose stones, calling out to her impatiently.
      • 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.
      • He stumbled slightly on a loose board of one of the bridges.
      • The company's units were operating as a very loose federation, linked only by the name.

    • 1.3(separate, not packaged)

      (cigarettes) suelto
      (tea/lentils) 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)
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • I rolled my eyes, tucking a loose curl that had escaped from my messy bun behind my ear.
      • 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.
      • You can give the loose stone as a gift and choose the setting at a later stage, if you wish.
      • The scree consisted of loose blocks of rock of all sizes, held together by frozen soil of smaller particles.
      • He could feel her tears run down his bare torso, and let himself bury his face within her loose, newly dried hair.
      • His hair was long and wild, with loose strands and long bangs that covered his menacing eyes.
      • The process involves putting down a sticky binding agent and then spreading it with tiny stones, or loose chippings.
      • Leaves and loose blades of grass swirled within it too.
      • A loose paper floats from within the bag and floats to the ground.
      • They added that the driveway should be properly surfaced with materials other than loose stone or gravel, in the interests of highway safety.
      • He picked up some loose pieces of paper and straightened them together by tapping them three times on the podium's surface.
      • While beanbags are safe they pose a risk if loose beads escape from the bean bags.
      • 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.
      • This further complicated the positioning of loose blocks within the meter-thick sequence.
      • Did they all get together at the end and scrape together lots of loose change after carefully dividing the bill according to work done?
      • 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.

    • 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
    • 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.
    • All cities have ordinances against unleashed pets, and calling Animal Control about a loose dog will usually get someone to show up.
    • One moribund duckling was found near loose dogs and presumably was killed by them.
    • The two loose donkeys, and many more loose cows, made things interesting as well.
    • ‘We have had complaints from people and I actually saw an accident myself involving a loose horse,’ he said.
    • This is an area which seems to have many loose dogs about and I suppose they cannot be expected to clear up after themselves.
    • I tried to report a loose horse running down Shipton Road, a large horse that could have caused a nasty accident.
    • He looked beaten on the run-in, and was being hampered by a loose horse, but rallied gamely for a thrilling triumph.
    • 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.
    • In the 15 years since the tigers were born, no-one has been inside the compound when the beasts were loose.
    • Over the second fence, a loose horse tore past the ring.
    • 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.
    • We are told that dogs are presently loose in the fields at night, and are a danger to the sheep and their young lambs.
    • Lock up the women and children - the lion is loose!
    • 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.
    • Locals would call to report a loose horse or missing cattle, and he would go out and round up the errant livestock.
    • As soon as I was loose, I ran to the small window in the room.
    • But once she was loose, the man on guard spotted her, and shouted for the others to come, while he chased after her.
    • They were out loose and walking along the side of the road.
    • ‘The sheep look as though they are loose, but they're not really,’ he said.
  • 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
      • The writer again represents a loose, not a strict, construction of dietary prohibitions.
      • I did it in four days and it's a country record… my loose interpretation of what country music is.
      • Based on the country's rather loose interpretations of international law it will be interesting to see what they do with him.
      • 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.
      • The new signs, in standard yellow and black, are up, and are predictably loose with their interpretation of English.
      • Unfortunately, the drawings give only a loose interpretation of the points' locations.
      • You need to look at the slow erosion of states' rights, and strict vs. loose constructionism of the Constitution.
      • And though Thai Buddhism forbids the taking of life, the interpretation is loose and the diet is not strictly vegetarian.
      • Following last year's loose interpretations of what the genre meant, I was expecting something of the sort.
      • In that trial and others a Trial Chamber dwelt on the interpretation of this loose clause.
      • The film is a loose interpretation of the final years of Sade's life.
      • It seems like a rather loose interpretation of the word slave.
      • Is such a loose interpretation and modification of the well established concept acceptable?
      • He said the guidelines were too loose and their interpretation by local authorities was likely to vary greatly.
      • 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.

    • 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.
      • Until the end of the twelfth century, the Mongols were little more than a loose confederation of rival clans.
      • 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.
      • Whether Armitage's proposal was formally adopted or not, "a very loose central government" is what has been created in Afghanistan.

  • 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
    • Only nurses commonly ascribed nappy rash, feeding problems, pulling ears, loose stools, cold symptoms, and smelly urine to teething.
    • 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.

transitive verb


  • 1

    (prisoner) poner en libertad
    (prisoner) soltar
    (horse) soltar
    • But with the party members being so mean and ungenerous, well… they'll have to let loose the dogs.
    • 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 about 150 years ago the glacial dam burst, loosing a 100-foot, landscape-scouring wave that wiped out entire villages.
    • Then another hound was loosened after them.
    • One problem with loosing the dogs of war is that sometimes it's hard to get them back on the leash.
    • Michael loaded the rest in the boot and got inside, just in case she decided to loose the beast as payback.
    • They loosed huge snakes into the water - anything within range was sucked into the swift murder of the suction.
    • It was a unique chorus that was loosed when he and his colleagues sang their native songs in different dialects.
    • 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.
    • The prime minister is afraid that his protestations will be lost in the synthetic public outrage that is being loosed by the Eurosceptic media.
    • And I so badly want to surrender, desperate to loose myself but there is nothing.
    • Hybrid crops - these are all human-made freaks of nature, that cannot be loosed upon the ecosystem.
    • It had began to cause trouble in Sudan as well, loosing cattle, killing civilians, even attacking army forces.
    • 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.
    • The Spaniards also let loose a big dog on shore which chased the terrified Arawaks and bit several of them savagely.
  • 2

    (fire, unleash)
    (arrow) lanzar
    (violence/wrath) descargar
    (violence/wrath) desatar
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • You can see why Rummy would want to loose off a little cannon fire at anybody who wrote this up.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Tornado, Jaguar and Harrier jets, of the Royal Air Force, scream overhead loosing off powerful projectiles which thud into the targets below.
    • Bull's eye targets were set up in the garden and under strict supervision the lads loosed off some rounds.
    • We loosed off a few shots at the various damaged crockery I had scavenged and then I thought I would try a cunning scheme.
    • From time to time he'd drop back through the curtains, probably to reload, and then come back to loose off another magazine.
    • Well, there was always gunfire but that was men loosing off or practising way back in the hills.
    • Sarah peeked over, spotting quickly to loose off another arrow before she was sniped off.
    • The standard issue weapon is, of course, a hand phaser, which looses off a continuous stream of energy until its power cell is depleted.
    • Plumes of white smoke and sparks rose into the evening sky as each man o’ war loosed off a deafening broadside.
    • 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.