Definition of loose-jointed in English:

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Entry from US English dictionary


1Having or characterized by easy, free movement; limber.
Example sentences
  • He has the loose-jointed movements of an athlete, and a brisk heedlessness as he crushes raw sugar into a splash of coffee.
  • A rangy, loose-jointed seventeen-year-old, at an athletic five ten or thereabouts he measured a bit shorter than I. He spoke softly through a perennial smile, laughed easily, and had only good words for anyone.
1.1Having loose joints.
Example sentences
  • Interestingly, while loose-jointed dancers often get into professional training programs, they are more likely to develop injuries over time.
  • Affected individuals often are tall, slender and loose-jointed.
  • One recent study found that subjects who were "loose jointed: used more energy in walking and jogging than those who were medium or "tight jointed."
1.2Loosely built, badly put together.
Example sentences
  • He blends archival footage with a complex, loose-jointed narrative.
  • Petronius, Apuleius, Rabelais, Swift, and Voltaire all use a loose-jointed narrative form.

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Syllabification: loose-joint·ed

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