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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Recent Examples on the Web Tuesday: Monday's loser at Team C (team with worst common-opponent record). Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021 Without the character’s lopsided grandeur — in the original, some of his boasts are real — the character can dwindle into being merely a handsy loser, the butt of a bunch of mean fat jokes. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 9 Aug. 2021 In the past week, some conservative pundits have tried to cast Biles as a quitter, a loser, a selfish snowflake. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 The loser, as is the case whenever these two meet, will suddenly be flirting with crisis. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2021 The loser of the 7-8 game hosts the winner of the 9-10 to see who gets the final seed and the right to play No. 1. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, 19 Mar. 2021 The winner would be NL West champion and the loser would be the wild card, but both teams would advance to a five-game division series. Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2021 The runaway loser in the battle to the bottom for online performance was Steam, which ToolTester found had no fewer than 99 major outages over the course of the last 12 months. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 The loser would be the wild card and face a do-or-die game. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Sep. 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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19 Oct 2021

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“Loser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loser. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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