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

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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Recent Examples on the Web The winner of the Los Angeles-Las Vegas game would earn a playoff berth and the loser would have its season end. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 11 Jan. 2022 Once the votes were cast and Mr. Trump was declared the loser, Mr. Waldron embarked on what amounted to a two-pronged assault on the election. Alan Feuer, New York Times, 21 Dec. 2021 The winner earns a bid to the Rose Bowl and the loser is almost assuredly going to the Alamo Bowl. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 30 Nov. 2021 The winner is going to the Rose Bowl, the loser is almost certainly going to wind up in the Alamo Bowl. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Nov. 2021 These programs can celebrate continuity on Saturday, but the loser will leave this season with a bitter taste. Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2021 The winner will become bowl-eligible, while the loser will get one last shot at eligibility in next week’s regular-season finale. Keven Lerner, sun-sentinel.com, 18 Nov. 2021 The winner of the division is guaranteed to host a playoff game, while the loser gets a Wild Card berth and opens on the road. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 17 Nov. 2021 The loser will likely need help to get into the postseason. David Hinojosa, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of loser

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries Near loser

lose patience


lose sight of

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Last Updated

16 Jan 2022

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“Loser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loser. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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