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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A dramatic departure would open the door for China to take the lead in global climate reform The advances have created a clear economic loser.
That sent UCSD to the loser’s bracket, down an improbable path toward what now is a very reasonable opportunity to reach the finals.
William, Oak Lawn Well Cubs fans, its looking like the Cubs are the lovable losers again.
But British pollsters have been among the biggest losers in recent elections — including failing to predict the 2015 general election and, in many cases, getting last year’s Brexit vote wrong.
At such events, Clinton has been treated more like a conquering heroine than the loser of an election — with more outward affection and enthusiasm than during the campaign.
The Bulldogs advance to take on the loser of tonight's game between Mercer and Furman Friday at 2:30 p.m. (CT).
Kentucky vs. LSU, late Friday’s games Mississippi St. vs. Florida, 11 a.m. South Carolina vs. Kentucky/LSU loser, 3 p.m. Arkansas vs. MSSU/Fla.
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First Known Use of loser
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Definition of loser for English Language Learners
: 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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