- a person who is or prefers to be alone, especially one who avoids the company of others: He was always a loner—no one knew him well.
Origin of loner
- being alone; without company or accompaniment; solitary; unaccompanied: a lone traveler.
- standing by itself or apart; isolated: a lone house in the valley.
- sole; single; only: That company constitutes our lone competitor in the field.
- without companionship; lonesome; lonely.
- unmarried or widowed.
Origin of lone
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Examples from the Web for loner
Fatherless and emotionally needy, du Pont was a loner who sought companionship and adoration—usually at great financial cost.Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer
November 18, 2014
Nor was Oswald an irrational, discontented Dostoyevskian loner, as some depicted him.The Revolt Against the Masses and the Roots of Modern Liberalism
January 26, 2014
The missing leg is only the most obvious sign that Strike is damaged goods, a loner wounded by life long before he went overseas.J.K. Rowling’s Hardboiled Hoax
July 17, 2013
She remained a loner in every sense of the word for most of her political career.Margaret Thatcher: The Accidental Feminist
April 9, 2013
Marlowe was a loner, a private eye in a one-man operation in Los Angeles during the '30s, '40s, and '50s.John Banville’s Terrible Idea to Write a New Novel on Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe
August 10, 2012
It could not have been loner alight: since but little of the lard was consumed.The Maroon
She hastened to the spring, but fountain and pitcher were no loner there.
It was not loner however until I saw him go into the dance and begin to drink.
He had been a loner for so many years that he found a certain inverse pleasure in following someone else.Deathworld
From yon blue heaven above us bent, The grand old gardener and his wife Smile at the claims of loner descent.Familiar Quotations
- informal a person or animal who avoids the company of others or prefers to be alone
- unaccompanied; solitary
- single or isolateda lone house
- a literary word for lonely
- unmarried or widowed
Word Origin and History for loner
"one who avoids company," 1946; see lone. Apparently first in U.S. baseball slang (earliest reference is to Ted Williams).
Ted is likable enough in spite of his obsession with his specialty. He is something of a "loner," and he refuses to pal around with his teammates in off hours, but in the clubhouse he does his share of the talking. ["Life" magazine, Sept. 23, 1946]
late 14c., "having no companion, solitary," shortening of alone (q.v.) by weakening of stress or else by misdivision of what is properly all one. The Lone Star in reference to "Texas" is first recorded 1843, from its flag. Lone wolf in the figurative sense is 1909, American English.