loser

noun
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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For Faulkner's white Southerners, losers of the Civil War, the price is guilt, rage and madness; for Morrison's slaves and their descendants, supposedly liberated, history follows like the most unrelenting posse. Hillel Italie, Fortune, "Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Dies at 88," 6 Aug. 2019 For Faulkner's white Southerners, losers of the Civil War, the price is guilt, rage and madness; for Morrison's slaves and their descendants, supposedly liberated, history follows like the most unrelenting posse. Hillel Italie, The Christian Science Monitor, "Author Toni Morrison remembered for her 'visionary force'," 6 Aug. 2019 For Faulkner's white Southerners, losers of the Civil War, the price is guilt, rage and madness; for Morrison's slaves and their descendants, supposedly liberated, history follows like the most unrelenting posse. Hillel Italie, chicagotribune.com, "Toni Morrison, Nobel laureate and author of ‘Beloved,’ dead at 88," 6 Aug. 2019 The Southern California champs will start their comeback on Tuesday at 4 p.m. against the loser of an opening-round game on Monday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sweetater Valley Little League falls to Hawaii in West opener," 4 Aug. 2019 Real will face the losers of the aforementioned game, before a trip to Austria to face Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday next week. SI.com, "Real Madrid 0-1 Tottenham: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Spurs Beat Blancos to Reach Audi Cup Final," 30 July 2019 Neither the winners nor the losers of World War I were happy with the formal conclusion to the bloodbath. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Lessons of the Versailles Treaty," 25 July 2019 England will play in the third-place match on Saturday in Nice against the loser of the other semifinal. Washington Post, "Morgan scores and Naeher saves in 2-1 victory over England," 3 July 2019 The Albiceleste have a third place playoff on Saturday against the loser of Wednesday's semifinal between Chile and Peru, with the winner going on to play Brazil in Sunday's final. Matias Grez, CNN, "What next for Lionel Messi and Argentina after yet more international failure?," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of loser

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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loser

noun

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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