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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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Recent Examples on the Web Their mascot could be Jimmi Simpson, cast in Westworld and The Twilight Zone as a desperate loner falling in murderous love with a woman who might not be real. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Why are all these science-fiction shows so awful?," 30 July 2020 Though a loner by nature, Driver can’t help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a vulnerable young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard (Oscar Isaac). Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Sidewalk Film Festival 2020: 37 spots filled on lineup for drive-in event," 30 July 2020 At 30, Pushkin longed for a private family life, shielded from both the state and his admirers (if that impulse violated the romantic notion of the poet as heartbroken loner, so did his view of literature as a profession). The Economist, "A quarantine rhapsody For Alexander Pushkin, lockdown was liberating," 4 June 2020 The loner cells might therefore serve as a form of insurance in case any of those situations transpire. Quanta Magazine, "Out-of-Sync ‘Loners’ May Secretly Protect Orderly Swarms," 21 May 2020 Ephrat Livni The Lone Star state is indeed a loner in one regard, according to an April 11 filing by Planned Parenthood in the US Supreme Court. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Texas’ “severe” pandemic abortion ban lands at the US Supreme Court," 13 Apr. 2020 The Academy Award-winning movie is the basis for this musical production, the story of a loner who learns to trust others and triumph over adversity on his way to becoming a Navy officer. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "These Broadway musicals coming to the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix in 2020-21," 21 Feb. 2020 The Warhol of this period has been romanticized as the quintessential urban loner. Stephen Metcalf, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Was Andy Warhol a saint or scourge, genius or dolt? A new biography befits a great life," 22 Apr. 2020 In the film, Brie stars as Sarah, a loner who works in a fabric store that begins to experience unexplained phenomena, prompting her to question her reality. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Alison Brie Opens Up About Her Struggles with Depression and Body Dysmorphia," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of loner

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of loner was in 1947

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“Loner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loner. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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

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