Definition of loser in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈluːzə/


1A person or thing that loses or has lost something, especially a game or contest: he was the loser in last year’s race for governor
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  • One of the contest losers notices all this and sues.
  • If the game is as good as the league final their supporters are in for a real treat, and even though the losers in both games have one more chance no team wants to lose.
  • The team captains hold aloft the cup and together pull it apart to reveal two specially-made halves - in this game there are no losers.
defeated person, also-ran, the defeated, the vanquished;
1.1 [with adjective] A person who accepts defeat with good or bad grace: they should concede that we won and be good losers
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  • A sore loser, Grace thought, too bad… no doubt he'll want a rematch.
  • Like most men or women who attain distinction in their chosen sport, and whose competitive streak is almost visible, Harry is a self-confessed rotten loser.
  • The runner-up received 2973 votes from the public and was a really good loser on the day.
1.2A person who is disadvantaged by a particular situation or course of action: children are the losers when politicians keep fiddling around with education
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  • Where there are winners, of course, there are losers, and the electricity generator company was among them.
  • The only losers in this situation are the multinational drug companies, and anyone else who benefits from big drug sales.
  • Of course, the real losers in that are the pilots and the plan participants.
1.3 informal A person who fails frequently or is generally unsuccessful in life: a ragtag community of rejects and losers
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  • You must be losing it by now, crumbling under my assault, failing like the loser you are!
  • I don't know how I could have failed against a complete loser like you!
  • I went into this room filled with losers and rejects of all varieties.
failure, non-achiever, underachiever, ne'er-do-well, born loser, dead loss, nonentity, nobody;
informal flop, dud, non-starter, no-hoper, washout, lemon, two-time loser
1.4 Bridge A card that is expected to be part of a losing trick: South appeared to have three losers: a trump, a diamond, and a spade
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  • Non-aces out of trump are almost always losers, even though they might earn points in meld.
  • Queens, jacks and nines are called losers (though they can occasionally win a trick).


be on (or on to) a loser

informal Be involved in a course of action that is bound to fail: you’re on to a loser if you try and tell them what to do
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  • He was on a loser as they say…… the deal was already done in truth.
  • But anyone who suggests starting a full-blooded cargo and passenger airport on the estate is on to a loser.
  • When it became apparent that it was on a loser earlier this year, the company changed it policy on temps, effectively shutting the door on future claims.

Words that rhyme with loser

abuser, accuser, boozer, bruiser, chooser, cruiser, diffuser, infuser, lollapalooza, Marcuse, medusa, mezuzah, misuser, peruser, refuser, snoozer, Sousa, user, yakuza

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