- 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 governorMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [with adjective] A person who accepts defeat with good or bad grace: they should concede that we won and be good losersMore example sentences
- 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 educationMore example sentences
- 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 losersMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 spadeMore example sentences
- 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 doMore example sentences
- 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.