loosen etymology

English word loosen comes from English -en, English loose

Detailed word origin of loosen

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-en English (eng) (dialectal, or, non-standard, rare) Used to form the plural of nouns. Can be used to denote the plural form of a small number of English words, the majority of whose etymology goes back to the n-stem (i.e. weak noun) declension of Germanic languages. Used to form the diminutives of certain nouns. When attached to certain adjectives, it forms a transitive verb whose meaning is, to make [...]
loose English (eng) (dated) Free from moral restraint; immoral, unchaste.. (dated) Not costive; having lax bowels.. (not comparable, sports) Not being in the possession of any competing team during a game.. Indiscreet.. Not compact.. Not fitting closely. Not fixed in place tightly or firmly.. Not held or packaged together.. Not precise or exact; vague; indeterminate.. Not under control.. Relaxed. (archery) The [...]
loosen English (eng) (intransitive) To become loose.. (transitive) To free from restraint; to set at liberty.. (transitive) To make loose.. (transitive) To remove costiveness from; to facilitate or increase the alvine discharges of.

Words with the same origin as loosen

Descendants of -en
awaken beaten brethren brighten chicken freshen golden lighten straighten strengthen tighten weaken wooden