Lose Vs Loose

Most of the time I chalk it up to being a typo, but more and more I see people misusing this particular not-quite-homonym, so I'd like to set the record straight (as if anyone but me actually cares, lol). 

Below are the first 10 definitions of each from Dictionary.com.  Basically the difference is that LOSE is a VERB - action word -  and LOOSE is an adjective  -  descriptive word

Thank you for using your words correctly in a medium where the written word is all we have to communicate with each other.



1. to come to be without (something in one's possession or care), through accident, theft, etc., so that there is little or no prospect of recovery: I'm sure I've merely misplaced my hat, not lost it.

2. to fail inadvertently to retain (something) in such a way that it cannot be immediately recovered: I just lost a dime under this sofa.

3. to suffer the deprivation of: to lose one's job; to lose one's life.

4. to be bereaved of by death: to lose a sister.

5. to fail to keep, preserve, or maintain: to lose one's balance; to lose one's figure.

6. (of a clock or watch) to run slower by: The watch loses three minutes a day.

7. to give up; forfeit the possession of: to lose a fortune at the gaming table.

8. to get rid of: to lose one's fear of the dark; to lose weight.

9. to bring to destruction or ruin (usually used passively): Ship and crew were lost.

10. to condemn to hell; damn.




1. free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end.

2. free from anything that binds or restrains; unfettered: loose cats prowling around in alleyways at night.

3. uncombined, as a chemical element.

4. not bound together: to wear one's hair loose.

5. not put up in a package or other container: loose mushrooms.

6. available for disposal; unused; unappropriated: loose funds.

7. lacking in reticence or power of restraint: a loose tongue.

8. lax, as the bowels.

9. lacking moral restraint or integrity; notorious for his loose character.

10. sexually promiscuous or immoral; unchaste.

HeWhoPleasures HeWhoPleasures
41-45, M
2 Responses Nov 6, 2008

ohh i see.. i get those words confused sometimes =)

Thank you for setting this straight .. : )