- 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.: Don't bother to see that film, it's a real loser.
Examples from the Web for loser
In rambling posts, he called himself a loser, and wrote that he must be either bipolar or a psychopath.
This is a fight that immigration reform advocates believe is a loser for the GOP.Get Ready to Start Hearing About ‘Executive Amnesty for Anchor Babies’|Eleanor Clift|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As McCain and Kastigar and too many others have shown, all the bad guys need to do is offer a way to stop feeling like a loser.American Jihadis Douglas McCain and Troy Kastigar: From Losers to Martyrs|Michael Daly|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But a new poll says the winner (or loser) is lucky number 2.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway|Kevin Zawacki|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After all, the smart money says any controversial action is considered a loser in an election year.
Those which the loser had staked were new, fresh from the press, he said, and they were sorted into a heap distinct from the rest.
There the loser was joined by his friend, and the two of them fell to gesticulating wildly, after the manner of their race.The Lure of the Mask|Harold MacGrath
The odd two or three hundred will be enough, to carry the loser back to the diggings.Lost Lenore|Charles Beach
Jones saw that in a battle with great guns he was sure to be the loser.The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
Three or four friends come in and throw, the loser pays for drinks, and all are satisfied, and having had their drink they go.The Law and the Poor|Edward Abbott Parry
British Dictionary definitions for loser
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.
Idioms and Phrases with loser
see under finders, keepers.