a person, team, nation, etc., that loses: The visiting team was the loser in the series.
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.
Slang. a misfit, especially someone who has never or seldom been successful at a job, personal relationship, etc.
- non·los·er, noun
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How to use loser in a sentence
The Arizona Coyotes would have made the playoffs in the West that year, too, if not for the loser points boosting the Colorado Avalanche’s record.‘Loser points’ could produce some unlikely winners in 2021 NHL season | Neil Greenberg | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
There would be losers in a major shift toward meat alternatives.How China Could Change the World by Taking Meat Off the Menu | Charlie Campbell/Shanghai | January 22, 2021 | Time
Below, in the weekly “By the Numbers” section, I get into the big winners and losers of the 2021 markets.The markets may be faltering, but these surprise stocks are taking off | Bernhard Warner | January 15, 2021 | Fortune
Here’s a quick rundown of the winners and losers from this head-spinning, seven-player trade.James Harden is a winner and a loser of the Nets’ blockbuster trade | Ben Golliver | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
James Harden is a winner and a loser of the Nets’ blockbuster tradeNo matter what they do, the Nets are going to be great offensively.The Nets got better with the James Harden trade. How much better is up to Kyrie Irving. | Jerry Brewer | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
In rambling posts, he called himself a loser, and wrote that he must be either bipolar or a psychopath.
The Affordable Care Act was always a short-term political loser with respect to middle-class voters.
One time I remember taking a walk and a guy drove past with his window down and yelled, ‘Hey loser, get a car!’Stephen Merchant Talks ‘Hello Ladies’ movie, the Nicole Kidman Cameo, and Legacy of ‘The Office’ | Marlow Stern | November 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
“When I first met du Pont, I thought he was the biggest loser on Earth,” Mark recently told People.
All three of themJess, Griff, and the excited loser of the pursereached for the umbrella; but Griff was the first.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
You shall not be the loser, Mrs. Martin, by the attention you may pay to this poor orphan girl.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
Payment over to the winner after notice or demand by the loser is not a good defense in an action against the stakeholder.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Si was getting a little the better of Billings, and184 the General's sympathies naturally went toward the loser.Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6) | John McElroy
He foresaw what it implied, however, and at once returned to Boston, to find himself a heavy loser by the financial disaster.
British Dictionary definitions for loser
a person or thing that loses
a person or thing that seems destined to be taken advantage of, fail, etc: a born loser
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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