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[loo-zer] /ˈlu zər/
a person, team, nation, etc., that loses:
The visiting team was the loser in the series.
  1. a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor or, especially, a felony:
    a two-time loser.
  2. a person who has failed at a particular activity:
    a loser at marriage.
  3. someone or something that is marked by consistently or thoroughly bad quality, performance, etc.:
    Don't bother to see that film, it's a real loser.
Slang. a misfit, especially someone who has never or seldom been successful at a job, personal relationship, etc.
Origin of loser
1300-50; Middle English losere destroyer; see lose, -er1
Related forms
nonloser, noun Unabridged
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  • And an hour after midnight Clodagh rose from the card-table, a loser to the extent of over forty pounds.

    The Gambler Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • If no pay is asked for the "stuff," the quack is seldom or ever a loser.

  • The capitalist will then clearly be a gainer, and the entrepreneur will be a loser.

  • And now all that fortune was lost, and the loser was lying at the bottom of the Thames!

    The Secret House Edgar Wallace
  • She said that Providence would see that she was no loser for the mite she had given to me.

    Gipsy Life George Smith
British Dictionary definitions for loser


a person or thing that loses
a person or thing that seems destined to be taken advantage of, fail, etc: a born loser
(bridge) a card that will not take a trick
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Word Origin and History for loser

mid-14c., "a destroyer," agent noun from lose (v.). Sense of "one who suffers loss" is from 1540s; meaning "horse that loses a race" is from 1902; "convicted criminal" is from 1912; "hapless person" is 1955 student slang.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for loser



(also born loser) A person or thing that fails, esp habitually; bust, dud, lemon, nonstarter (1950s+ Students)


: I don't want them to think I'm losered out

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with loser


see under finders, keepers
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