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From Middle English loser, losere, equivalent to lose + -er. In the sense of contemptible or worthless individual, perhaps an alteration of losel, which see.
- IPA(key): /luːzə(ɹ)/
Audio (UK) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /luzɚ/
Audio (Mid-Atlantic) (file)
- Rhymes: -uːzə(ɹ)
loser (plural losers)
- A person who loses; one who fails to win or thrive.
- Antonym: winner
- In a two-horse race there is always one winner and one loser.
- He was always a good loser.
- Something of poor quality.
- A person who is frequently unsuccessful in life.
- Synonym: failure
- That guy is a born loser!
- I'm a constant loser in love.
- (derogatory) A contemptible or unfashionable person.
- Synonyms: crumb, (archaic) losel, louse; see also Thesaurus:worthless person
- 2012, Shamrock, Frank; Fleming, Charles, “Fatherhood”, in Uncaged: My Life as a Champion MMA Fighter, Chicago Review Press, →ISBN, page 203:
- Mike didn't work but insisted that Jewell have a job. He would stay home and do whatever — smoke pot, screw around. He was a total loser, and she picked up the slack. That's around the time that Mom met her soon-to-be-next husband. He immediately moved in. He was a loser, too, with the same work ethic Mike had.
- One who or that which loses something, such as extra weight, car keys, etc.
- 1999, Medsker, Larry; Jain, Lakhmi C., Recurrent Neural Networks: Design and Applications, →ISBN, page 192:
- Another way to speed search (in general) is to order or bias the hypothesis space based on some heuristic. Suppose you are a habitual car key loser and that you keep track of where your keys turn up after each search.
- 2004, Katona, Marianna S., Tales from the Berlin Wall: Recollections of Frequent Crossings, →ISBN:
- But a West German reporting a lost passport in East Berlin during the years of the Wall was treated to a criminal investigation, with the passport loser as the potential criminal.
- 2005, Greenwood-Robinson, Maggie, The Biggest Loser: The Weight Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health and Life, →ISBN:
- 2009, Quinn, Jane Bryant, Making the Most of Your Money Now:
- You're counting on this insurance company to pay you a check many years in the future. But for some companies, disability coverage has been a money loser.
- 2010, Cutting Myself in Half: 150 Pounds Lost, One Byte at a Time, →ISBN, page 109:
- You have to think of yourself as an already amazing person who's hiding behind extra weight—a superhero in a disguise. If you follow the program, […] change the message from “I'm a big loser” to “I'm a big weight loser.”
- A losing proposition, one that is likely to lose or already has lost (such as a losing bet or, analogously, a predictably fruitless task or errand).
- 1988, Alice Taylor, To School Through the Fields: An Irish Country Childhood, Brandon Ltd, →ISBN, page 58:
- A new Guard came to town and decided to flex his muscles with George. We could have told him that he was on a loser but bright young men, then as now, know it all.
- 2001, Peter Svoboda, Beating the Casinos at Their Own Game, Square One Publishers, →ISBN, page 57:
- Hardway bets are losers if they are rolled in any other combination—called "soft" or "easy" numbers. For instance, a Hardway bet on a 4 is a loser if the dice show as 3 and 1. Betting on a Hard 8 is a loser if the dice are rolled as a 5 and 3, or a 6 and 2. Naturally, if the 7 is rolled before the Hardway number shows, the bet is also a loser.
- 2021 December 17, Eric Ralph, “SpaceX to replicate Starbase, build multiple Starship launch pads in Florida”, in Teslarati:
- In terms of betting on outcomes, Mars is a clear loser.
- (slang) A person convicted of a crime, especially more than once.
- He's a three-time loser doing twenty years.
- (person who fails): wooden spooner, wooden spoonist (last-place finisher)
person who fails to win
something of poor quality
person who is frequently unsuccessful in life
contemptible or unfashionable person
one who loses something
- Hyphenation: lo‧ser
loser m (plural losers, diminutive losertje n)
loser m (plural losers)
- comparative degree of lose
- inflection of lose:
- indefinite plural of los
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