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 After six hours, and with no end in sight, Clarence and Teresa agreed to a rock-paper-scissors contest, with the loser dropping their arm to give the other one victory. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Clarence Black imagines Survivor: Harlem," 7 July 2020 But the capacity reduction and the possibility of many consumers staying home will cut significantly into Disney’s revenue, according to experts, who say operating the theme parks under these conditions is a probable money-loser. Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, "Disney set to reopen parks in Florida, hoping for a small measure of rebound," 10 July 2020 The Clarity was the brand’s big loser, falling 82.9 percent in Q2 compared to 2019. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "New-Car Sales Fall for Second Consecutive Quarter in U.S.," 1 July 2020 Baseball could end up being sport's biggest loser amid the coronavirus pandemic. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, "Amazing words & actions: How athletes are stepping up amid protests," 10 June 2020 The loser would host either Philadelphia or Atlanta in the wild-card game after their own one-game playoff for the NL East title. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How would the Milwaukee Brewers have fared in past years with a 60-game schedule?," 24 June 2020 Any campaign operative with even a hint of expertise could tell him that repealing DACA is a political loser. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: DACA court decision was a major gift to Biden," 20 June 2020 That would leave more wiggle room for the loser of a game like this to still make the playoff. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Three reasons Ohio State football playing Alabama is a college football must that always stared us in the face," 20 June 2020 But for every winner, there isn't just one loser -- but many of them. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Oh-so-close to greatness: From the Titans to Butler, these are the top just-missed moments in sports history," 3 June 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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26 Jul 2020

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“Loser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loser. Accessed 6 Aug. 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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