loner

noun
lon·​er | \ ˈlō-nər How to pronounce loner (audio) \

Definition of loner

1 : one that avoids others: such as
a : a person who is often alone or likes to be alone : someone who usually avoids the company of others He is a moody loner who doesn't become chummy with anyone.— Sam Moses Many rowers will agree that sculling is a sport for loners who relish the more quixotic elements of the sport.— D. C. Churbuck … she found that the image of the scientist as an antisocial loner is a myth …— Warren E. Leary
b : a typically solitary animal Black bears are loners and usually wander by themselves in search of food.— Mark Carwardine Despite the fact they are loners, cats do have a well-organized social system based on scent marks and mutual avoidance.— Fiona Sunquist

Examples of loner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kaczynski was described as an unkempt loner in the sleepy mountain town who ate rabbits, lived without power and rode his bike to the town’s library. Fox News, 31 July 2022 Young loner Rio gets by with seasonal jobs and petty thefts in resorts on the Adriatic coast. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 14 Aug. 2022 Michonne was introduced in season 3, a loner-type with a katana and zombies as pets. Amanda Taylor, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2022 First Republic Bank alleged that Spyglass/Lantern never properly acquired the movie about a high-school loner who wields a spooky vintage camera. Tatiana Siegel, Rolling Stone, 21 Apr. 2022 There must be a more honest conviction behind his status as ruler and servant, protector and tyrant, brother and loner. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 9 Aug. 2022 Residents of the town, a judgmental and gossiping bunch, are quick to point fingers at Kya, a naturalist and loner, who has lived in the surrounding marshlands for 25 years. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 July 2022 Kya Clark, the protagonist, is, like Delia, a naturalist and loner, who, for reasons too involved to explain here (however: spoiler alert), commits what is described as a righteously motivated murder of a caddish local bigshot, Chase Andrews. Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic, 11 July 2022 Her inevitable transformation into an abrasive, hypersexual, rebellious loner (with fur and fangs) is of course a metaphor for the horrors of adolescence. Allaire Nuss, EW.com, 12 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of loner

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

21 Sep 2022

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“Loner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loner. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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