[ loo-zer ]
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  1. a person, team, nation, etc., that loses: The visiting team was the loser in the series.

  2. Informal.

    • a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor or, especially, a felony: a two-time loser.

    • a person who has failed at a particular activity: a loser at marriage.

    • someone or something that is marked by consistently or thoroughly bad quality, performance, etc. (opposed to winner def. 2): Don't bother to see that film, it's a real loser.

  1. 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

Other words from loser

  • non·los·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for loser


/ (ˈluːzə) /

  1. a person or thing that loses

  2. a person or thing that seems destined to be taken advantage of, fail, etc: a born loser

  1. bridge a card that will not take a trick

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Other Idioms and Phrases with loser


see under finders, keepers.

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