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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Lowe blasted the organization for its NBA free agency moves in a column Monday morning looking at the winners and losers in NBA free agency last week. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "NBA free agency: Phoenix Suns blasted as 'losers' for Ricky Rubio deal, questionable moves," 8 July 2019 Now that his shocking move to the Clippers has been revealed, The Crossover picks winners and losers from the second wave of summer signings. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Winners and Losers: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and NBA Free Agency's Second Act," 7 July 2019 Here’s an early breakdown of the winners and losers. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "Winners and losers from the Kawhi Leonard-Paul George bombshell," 6 July 2019 Most of the rise in the share of the income of the top 1% of households since the 1970s has resulted from growing disparities between winners and losers in the labour market, not growing income from wealth. The Economist, "Rich people’s problems," 4 July 2019 Here’s a look at the winners and losers after Day 1. oregonlive.com, "NBA free agency 2019: Damian Lillard, Brooklyn Nets, Kevin Durant, New York Knicks among winners and losers after Day 1," 1 July 2019 Here’s a closer look at the winners and losers: Winners Exchanges To be successful, Libra will need banking partners (to custody reserves) and crypto partners (to assist with currency conversion). Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "The winners and losers of Facebook’s Libra," 29 June 2019 Mark Gartsbeyn / Globe Correspondent Below are the winners and losers from Thursday’s debate. Aaron Blake, BostonGlobe.com, "Winners and losers from the Democratic presidential debate’s second night," 28 June 2019 The difficulty is that the federal design has created winners and losers. Yohannes Gedamu, Quartz Africa, "The underlying tension behind Ethiopia’s flawed federal system and its risks," 26 June 2019

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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
informal + disapproving : a person who is not successful, attractive, etc.

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