loss

[ laws, los ]
/ lɔs, lɒs /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. losing hazard,
  2. losingest,
  3. losingly,
  4. losings,
  5. loslyf,
  6. loss adjuster,
  7. loss function,
  8. loss leader,
  9. loss ratio,
  10. lossless

Idioms

    at a loss,
    1. at less than cost; at a financial loss.
    2. in a state of bewilderment or uncertainty; puzzled; perplexed: We are completely at a loss for an answer to the problem.

Origin of loss

before 900; Middle English; Old English los destruction; cognate with Old Norse los looseness, breaking up. See lose, loose

SYNONYMS FOR loss
ANTONYMS FOR loss
1. gain.

Related formspre·loss, noun

Can be confusedloose loosen lose loss

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British Dictionary definitions for pre-loss

loss

/ (lɒs) /

noun

Word Origin for loss

C14: noun probably formed from lost, past participle of losen to perish, from Old English lōsian to be destroyed, from los destruction

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Word Origin and History for pre-loss

loss

n.

Old English los "loss, destruction," from Proto-Germanic *lausa- (see lose). The modern word, however, probably evolved 14c. with a weaker sense, from lost, the original past participle of lose. Phrase at a loss (1590s) originally refers to hounds losing the scent. To cut (one's) losses is from 1885, originally in finance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with pre-loss

loss

see at a loss; cut one's losses; dead loss.

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