loner

noun
lon·er | \ ˈlō-nər \

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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The grumpy loner known as the Princh is a terrific showcase for company artistic director and master of merriment Matt Walker, whose training includes the Royal Shakespeare Company, Second City and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "There's a Purple Rain of Grinchiness in the Troubies' 'How the Princh Stole Christmas!'," 26 Dec. 2017 Ide‘s crackling page-turner of a debut follows a brilliant loner, IQ, who tackles cases the LAPD won’t touch. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, "Jimmy Fallon Starts His Very Own Summer Book Club – and We're All Invited to Join," 23 June 2018 Jax’s relative Betsy is the boss, Todd hangs out with Bob or is a loner, while Junior and GusGus are always running around and exploring. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, "Jax, Is That You? Columbus Zoo Names Newborn Vervet Monkey for the Vanderpump Rules Star," 19 June 2018 Eleanor, the socially awkward, terrifically blunt heroine of this quirky novel, is a loner, spending her weekends alone with vodka and frozen pizzas. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine,’ ‘The Fact of a Body’," 6 July 2018 The study also dispelled the myth that only loners or those on the fringes of society attack. Paula Mcmahon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Parkland school shooter: Typical of today's mass killers," 30 June 2018 The role of family in terrorism It is commonly assumed that those who join extremist groups are struggling with personal crises or are misfits, drifters or disaffected loners. Julie Chernov Hwang, Washington Post, "New research shows why terrorists quit terrorism," 12 July 2018 The 51 year old who's known for being a bit of a loner. Fox News, "Democrats target SCOTUS candidate Amy Coney Barrett," 6 July 2018 In Prine’s world, even the shaggiest of loners and losers can be redeemed. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Greg Kot picks his top albums of 2018 ... so far," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of loner

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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loner

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

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