loner

noun lon·er \ ˈlō-nər \
|Updated on: 5 Jul 2018

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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First Known Use of loner

1947

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of loner for English Language Learners

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



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