no-hop·​er ˈnō-ˈhō-pər How to pronounce no-hoper (audio)
chiefly British
: one that has no chance of success

Examples of no-hoper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If no-hoper perennial candidates like Eric Early and James Bradley can pull enough votes from Garvey, that opens a path to the top-two for Porter or Lee. The Editorial Board, Orange County Register, 12 Feb. 2024 Democrats have, in recent years, demonstrated the tendency to dream a little too big and pile untold sums of campaign cash in the coffers of a litany of no-hopers. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 4 Nov. 2023 That baggy, shambling gang of tuneless no-hopers swept along on the glassy-eyed tide of post-acid house euphoria? Jonathan Bernstein, SPIN, 7 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of no-hoper was circa 1943

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“No-hoper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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