los·er | \ˈlü-zər \

Definition of loser 

1 : a person or thing that loses especially consistently The team had a reputation for being a loser year after year.

2 : a person who is incompetent or unable to succeed Don't waste your time on that loser. also : something doomed to fail or disappoint his position is a loser politically — Fred Barnes

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Examples of loser in a Sentence

The team had a reputation for being a loser year after year. The loser of the bet has to buy drinks for the winner. Whoever benefits from the new government programs, the real loser will be the American taxpayer. That guy is a born loser.
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At the end of the day, basketball is a money loser. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Powerhouse Hoops opens new basketball mecca in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 The Cold War is over and the loser’s artifacts are now pop kitsch. Jonathan Bradley, Billboard, "Dream Up the World You're Gonna Live In: How U2's 'Zooropa' Got the Future Wrong, 25 Years Later," 5 July 2018 Felix Sandstrom was the winning goalie in the final, and Carter Hart was the loser. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "Flyers prospect Pascal Laberge opens eyes at development camp," 2 July 2018 And when that last decision is made, how will the losers of the debate be persuaded to stay in the coalition instead of holding out for a better alternative? Julia Azari, Vox, "How “abolish ICE” illustrates the importance of party politics," 2 July 2018 Who was the winner and who was the loser? — are very American things to ask. Washington Post, "For Trump and Kim, maybe the spectacle is what truly counted," 12 June 2018 The Hoosiers move on to on Sunday afternoon play the loser of Saturday night’s Texas-Texas A&M game. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Southern eliminated from NCAA Tournament," 2 June 2018 The Seminoles will face the loser of Saturday’s 5 p.m. game between Oklahoma and Samford. Katherine Wright, OrlandoSentinel.com, "FSU, Mississippi State enter weather delay before ninth inning in Tallahassee Regional," 2 June 2018 The Golden State Warriors won Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday night, but Warriors center Zaza Pachulia has been a two-time loser as of late. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Zaza Pachulia sells Bay Harbor Islands condo at a loss," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of loser

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of loser

: someone or something that loses a game, contest, etc.

: someone who is harmed or put in a worse position as the result of something

: a person who is not successful, attractive, etc.

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