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.

Nearby words

  1. lone wolf,
  2. loneliness,
  3. lonely,
  4. lonely hearts,
  5. lonely-hearts,
  6. lonesome,
  7. lonesomely,
  8. long,
  9. long abductor muscle of thumb,
  10. long account

Origin of loner

First recorded in 1945–50; lone + -er1




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

1325–75; Middle English; aphetic var of alone, used attributively

Related formslone·ness, noun

Can be confusedloan lone

Synonym study

1. See alone.

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British Dictionary definitions for loner



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


adjective (prenominal)

unaccompanied; solitary
single or isolateda lone house
a literary word for lonely
unmarried or widowed
Derived Formsloneness, noun

Word Origin for lone

C14: from the mistaken division of alone into a lone

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Word Origin and History for loner
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