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 biggest day-to-day losers from the political correctness movement are other left-of-center people, most of all white moderate Democrats, especially those in universities. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: PC Culture’s Revenge," 21 Oct. 2018 Granjas Carroll, a loser from Mexico’s pork levy, is partly owned by WH Group, a giant Chinese food producer. The Economist, "American firms will be hit hard by retaliatory tariffs," 7 June 2018 Here are the biggest winners, and a few losers, from the special session. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana's $30K special session: Who were the winners, losers on tax breaks, school safety?," 14 May 2018 So which of the 18 losers from last year will be the surprise playoff teams of this year? Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Mets, Angels Headline Five Teams Primed for a Surprising Run in 2018," 23 Mar. 2018 But just as there are losers from the sell off, there are also winners. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Here's Who Is Winning After Mark Zuckerberg's Response to the Facebook Data Breach," 22 Mar. 2018 In the end, war is terrible and civilians will always be the biggest losers from this Turkish offensive. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, "Kurdish fighters say pro-Assad militias have arrived to thwart Turkish offensive in Syria’s Afrin," 20 Feb. 2018 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

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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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