los·​er | \ ˈlü-zər How to pronounce loser (audio) \

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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Here’s a look at the week’s biggest winners and losers: Winners 1. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "Winners and Losers of Week 3 of the College Football Season," 15 Sep. 2019 Here are the rest of the winners and losers from Saturday's action: Winners Central Florida No. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Winners and losers from Week 3 in college football are led by Notre Dame and Georgia," 13 Sep. 2019 The retail sales report comes as the divide between retail winners and losers is widening. Washington Post, "US retail sales rise moderately as auto-buying jumps," 13 Sep. 2019 An aide phoned a couple of hours later to explain that Bolduc doesn’t really think the government should run an industrial policy that picks winners and losers. John J. Miller, National Review, "Don Bolduc’s New Hampshire Senate Campaign," 12 Sep. 2019 That's why every week, BAZAAR.com is watching the throne and naming the winners and losers in the battle for Waystar Royco. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Kind of Game Is Kendall Playing on Succession?," 2 Sep. 2019 Here's our quick list of winners and losers from Thursday's news as to where each delegation goes. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: Winners and losers from the DNC's hotel assignments for Democratic convention," 23 Aug. 2019 The big winners and losers of Wednesday's Democratic debate were ... Fox News, "Biden under attack from all sides at Wednesday's debate; Mystery surrounds death of bin Laden's son," 1 Aug. 2019 Amid the data, though, there are clear winners and losers in the last decade, with some workers seeing their wages falling to keep up with inflation. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Is your paycheck keeping up with San Diego’s inflation?," 2 Sep. 2019

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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
informal + disapproving : a person who is not successful, attractive, etc.

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