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[ loh-ner ]


  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.


/ ˈləʊnə /


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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of loner1

First recorded in 1945–50; lone + -er 1

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Example Sentences

She doesn’t think it’s just that loners or some straggly groups get more easily picked off by predators.

Our mental image of tinfoil-hat-wearing loners isolated in dark basements is outdated.

Yet these dangerous rats, which scientists assumed were loners, turn out to have a close and cuddly family life.

The belted kingfisher, a loner from the moment it leaves its parents until it dies, grants a brief annual exception for a mate and chicks.

Attracting both loner and gregarious locusts, he says, means 4VA could function to both bring solitary locusts into the swarm and keep that swarm together over time.

Fatherless and emotionally needy, du Pont was a loner who sought companionship and adoration—usually at great financial cost.

Nor was Oswald an irrational, discontented Dostoyevskian loner, as some depicted him.

Reporters spoke to classmates who recalled Ciancia as a shy loner who may have been bullied.

This restless loner had signed up with British naval intelligence soon after the fall of France.

The missing leg is only the most obvious sign that Strike is damaged goods, a loner wounded by life long before he went overseas.

He had been a loner for so many years that he found a certain inverse pleasure in following someone else.

I guess that's why they called him a loner, because he was alone so much.

Well, he had hair like his mother for example, but he was a loner.

"I think we're all agreed, fellows," said Chal-loner of the Morning Script, the dean of the gathering.

Well, my first impression of this individual is that he was somewhat, to use the term, "loner."


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