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

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Examples of loner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s not the armed loner or militia team that survives. Adam Nemett, Rolling Stone, 14 May 2021 An excess of individualism can obviously lead one to become an isolated loner or act with great selfishness. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 8 July 2021 Shy loner August falls head over heels for uber-cool commuter Jane—only to discover that her amour fou is actually trapped in the New York subway system, circa 1970. Emma Specter, Vogue, 7 July 2021 Young George was a loner, deeply interested in science and photography. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 25 June 2021 The trail of clues eventually takes them to a strange loner (Jared Leto). Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021 In the first trailer for Neon’s Pig, however, we are introduced to not only an Oregonian loner (Nicolas Cage) but his extremely cute, mushroom-obsessed, strawberry blonde roommate, a pig. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, 17 June 2021 Surviving co-workers at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority described the shooter as a loner. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 Suddenly, the school wimp who was interested in cards and magic had been turned into a Western archetype: the strong, do-right loner who doesn’t say much. New York Times, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of loner

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jul 2021

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“Loner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loner. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of loner

: a person who is often alone or who likes to be alone

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