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[win-er] /ˈwɪn ər/
a person or thing that wins; victor.
winner take all, a situation or outcome whereby the winner receives all the prizes or rewards.
Origin of winner
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at win1, -er1
Related forms
nonwinner, noun Unabridged
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  • He objects to everything, an' some day that'll land him a winner, see?

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • The distance was 150 kilometres equivalent to 94 miles, and the winner's time of 1h.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • Here were written names, and among them, "Creon, son of the Olympic winner Menon."

    Buried Cities, Part 2 Jennie Hall
  • He had the three games out of five and was winner of the pentathlon.

    Buried Cities, Part 2 Jennie Hall
  • It seemed he couldn't lose, and he was as unpleasant a winner as he was a loser.

    Goodbye, Dead Man! Tom W. Harris
British Dictionary definitions for winner


a person or thing that wins
(informal) a person or thing that seems sure to win or succeed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for winner

mid-14c., agent noun from win (v.).

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



A very promising and successful person or thing; hot shot: Your new poem is a winner/ Hire this guy, he looks like a winner/ That passing shot was a winner

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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