[ loo-zer ]
/ ˈlu zər /


a person, team, nation, etc., that loses: The visiting team was the loser in the series.
  1. a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor or, especially, a felony: a two-time loser.
  2. a person who has failed at a particular activity: a loser at marriage.
  3. someone or something that is marked by consistently or thoroughly bad quality, performance, etc.: Don't bother to see that film, it's a real loser.
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
Related formsnon·los·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for loser


/ (ˈluːzə) /


a person or thing that loses
a person or thing that seems destined to be taken advantage of, fail, etca born loser
bridge a card that will not take a trick
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Word Origin and History for loser



mid-14c., "a destroyer," agent noun from lose (v.). Sense of "one who suffers loss" is from 1540s; meaning "horse that loses a race" is from 1902; "convicted criminal" is from 1912; "hapless person" is 1955 student slang.

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Idioms and Phrases with loser


see under finders, keepers.

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