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 Kyrie Irving was considered a selfish loser, getting Stephon Marbury comparisons before LeBron came back to Cleveland. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "LeBron James, Michael Jordan and how a fourth title forever changed the GOAT debate: Chris Fedor," 13 Oct. 2020 Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated: Florida coach Dan Mullen and Mississippi State coach Mike Leach show their ‘sore-loser’ true colors. oregonlive, "Push from USC players helped Pac-12 return to the football field, but how accurate are those rapid-result tests? Issues & Answers," 13 Oct. 2020 The Republicans who control the Senate dismissed it as too expensive and a political loser for conservatives. Andrew Taylor, Anchorage Daily News, "White House coronavirus aid offer is panned by Pelosi, Senate Republicans," 10 Oct. 2020 And in 2009, Mr. Trump parted ways with a giant money loser: his long-failing Atlantic City casinos. Russ Buettner, Susanne Craig And Mike Mcintire, New York Times, "Long-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses and Years of Tax Avoidance," 27 Sep. 2020 Their president called their employer a loser, but their customers leave encouraging little notes in the mailbox for them. Jennifer Brooks, Star Tribune, "Neither rain nor political heat keeps postal workers from their appointed rounds," 19 Aug. 2020 For instance, Lincoln is a gangly awkward loser rather than a crusading leader. Christian Holub, EW.com, "MTV is bringing back Clone High with original creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller," 2 July 2020 The Gophers were originally scheduled to play Nov. 21 vs. UCF, and on Nov. 22 vs. the winner or loser of Marquette/Rhode Island in Uncasville, CT. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "Gophers basketball to play in Hall of Fame Tip-Off but later in November," 2 Oct. 2020 The bigger loser, unfortunately, is the entire process. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Robert Gehrke: After that debate, can we come up with some fixes? Or should we even bother?," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of loser

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of loser was in 1548

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18 Oct 2020

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“Loser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loser. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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