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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The losers of the blowout, like Philadelphia, are 5-9 in the rematches. Michael Salfino, WSJ, "The Saints Already Thrashed the Eagles. Will the Playoffs Be More of the Same?," 8 Jan. 2019 Since their last trip to the Super Bowl in 2010 the Steelers are 1-5 against the Patriots and losers of five in a row. Jim Owczarski, USA TODAY, "Steelers training camp questions: Can Pittsburgh push for AFC crown?," 9 July 2018 His allies opposed the recount effort, warning of attempts by the losers of the election to steal their victory. New York Times, "Iraqi Court Backs Recount of All Ballots Cast in Last Month’s Elections," 21 June 2018 The Mountaineers move on to face the loser of BC High and Central Catholic on Monday at 7 p.m. at Campanelli Stadium. Karl Capen, BostonGlobe.com, "Wachusett stuns Lexington with four-run ninth," 9 June 2018 The latest reports display a stark gap between winners and losers in the business. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Economy’s Growth Track; Retrenching Retailers; Tesla Goes Online," 1 Mar. 2019 In addition to the Blue Velvet collages, Simons added patches with text reading nomophobic, xanthophobic, heroes, losers, burning down the house, Antwerp since 1995, and history of my world. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Laura Dern Was on the Clothing—And in the Front Row—at Raf Simons," 17 Jan. 2019 It could be argued that the true losers in this shifting dynamic are the fans. Graeme Mcmillan, The Verge, "What James Gunn’s firing says about the rising stakes of social media," 1 Aug. 2018 There will be real losers, perhaps some bankruptcies among the family farmers, machinery makers and other firms. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Can the U.S. economy withstand a trade war?," 13 July 2018

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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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