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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No matter which biopic wins, the loser will be Andrew de Moray, the Scottish freedom fighter that both movies ignore. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "'Outlaw King' vs. 'Braveheart': Which Movie Gets Scotland Right?," 13 Nov. 2018 If the Trump administration slaps tariffs on foreign autos and China retaliates, the biggest loser in the United States might not be General Motors or Ford. Molly Jackson, The Christian Science Monitor, "In a US-China trade war, big losers include ... BMW? Taiwan?," 12 July 2018 The biggest loser is the formerly dominant and current incumbent party, the PRI. Kenneth F. Greene, Washington Post, "What’s next for Mexico? Here are 5 things you need to know.," 6 July 2018 His winners are in the orange districts; the losers are in the yellow. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Is the Texas House conservative enough? This lawmaker spent $300K to push it right," 1 June 2018 Among the biggest losers are bigger regional banks such as Capital One Financial Corp. and PNC Financial Services Group Inc., which would keep their SIFI designations. Time, "President Trump Signs Biggest Rollback of Bank Rules Since Dodd-Frank Act," 24 May 2018 Among the bill’s biggest losers are large regional banks such as Capital One Financial Corp. and PNC Financial Services Group Inc., which would keep their SIFI designations. John Patrick Pullen, Fortune, "Biggest Rollback of Bank Rules Since Dodd-Frank Clears House," 22 May 2018 Now, the loser in this is the Distaff, which will clearly be a warm-up act on Saturday. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Happy Mother’s Day to one and all," 13 May 2018 The losers are ill-informed buyers caught up in the spiral of greed. Bill Harris, Recode, "Bitcoin is the greatest scam in history," 24 Apr. 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
informal + disapproving : a person who is not successful, attractive, etc.

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