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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The diverse identities of candidates who emerged in the 2018 midterms — winners and losers alike — will also have an unmeasurable impact on young people, who may see someone who looks like them in a policymaking position for the very first time. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "The Midterms May Have Broken Your Heart, but There's Still Hope," 8 Nov. 2018 The game also has a tendency to produce nail-bitingly close games with only a couple of points separating winners and losers. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "Century: Eastern Wonders makes cardboard spice trading fun again," 6 Oct. 2018 Ironically, this is more than Prince Harry's predicted net worth, so there’s definitely no losers here. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Ex-Husband, Trevor Engelson, Just Married An Heiress Worth $200 Million," 10 Oct. 2018 So here, then, are eight winners and five losers from the 2018 Emmy Awards. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Winners: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Netflix, and old people. Losers: Atlanta and The Handmaid’s Tale.," 18 Sep. 2018 Did Drake stay a loser and not go to college and try to become a rock star? Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Drake Bell Reveals Exactly Why Josh Peck Didn't Invite Him to His Wedding," 15 Aug. 2018 Somalia suggests opting for lower and loser buns under your hijab, and using good old-fashioned scrunchies instead of elastic ties. Eman Idil, Allure, "These Natural Hair-Care Tips Are a Must If You Wear a Hijab," 19 July 2018 And while the ultra-rich would seem the obvious losers, much of this could be felt in teacher retirement funds, municipal bonds and college endowments. Philip Elliott, Time, "Republican Allies Warn Trump on Trade," 2 July 2018 But Morocco, a four-time loser with its previous World Cup bids, including to the United States in 1994, has proved a resilient opponent. Andrew Das, Anchorage Daily News, "How three letters from Trump might bring the World Cup to the U.S.," 12 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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