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loner

[loh-ner]
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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of loner

First recorded in 1945–50; lone + -er1

lone

[lohn]
adjective
  1. being alone; without company or accompaniment; solitary; unaccompanied: a lone traveler.
  2. standing by itself or apart; isolated: a lone house in the valley.
  3. sole; single; only: That company constitutes our lone competitor in the field.
  4. unfrequented.
  5. without companionship; lonesome; lonely.
  6. unmarried or widowed.
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Origin of lone

1325–75; Middle English; aphetic var of alone, used attributively
Related formslone·ness, noun
Can be confusedloan lone

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2. separate, separated, secluded.

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1. See alone.
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British Dictionary definitions for loner

loner

noun
  1. informal a person or animal who avoids the company of others or prefers to be alone
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lone

adjective (prenominal)
  1. unaccompanied; solitary
  2. single or isolateda lone house
  3. a literary word for lonely
  4. unmarried or widowed
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Derived Formsloneness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from the mistaken division of alone into a lone
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Word Origin and History for loner

n.

"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]
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lone

adj.

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.

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