los·​er ˈlü-zər How to pronounce loser (audio)
: a person or thing that loses especially consistently
The team had a reputation for being a loser year after year.
: 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

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Loser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loser. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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