The Underground Man reveals him to be a loner whose wife walked out on him.
Fatherless and emotionally needy, du Pont was a loner who sought companionship and adoration—usually at great financial cost.
His latest novel, Zero Day, launches a new series with a hero named John Puller, a loner military investigator.
She remained a loner in every sense of the word for most of her political career.
[Peter Parker] was a nerd, a loner, socially inept, insecure, a poor kid being raised by relatives.
At last young Roosevelt could endure their persecutions no loner, and tried to fight.
She hastened to the spring, but fountain and pitcher were no loner there.
He had been a loner for so many years that he found a certain inverse pleasure in following someone else.
It was not loner however until I saw him go into the dance and begin to drink.
Well, he had hair like his mother for example, but he was a loner.
"one who avoids company," 1946; see lone. Apparently first in U.S. baseball slang (earliest reference is to Ted Williams).
Ted is likable enough in spite of his obsession with his specialty. He is something of a "loner," and he refuses to pal around with his teammates in off hours, but in the clubhouse he does his share of the talking. ["Life" magazine, Sept. 23, 1946]
late 14c., "having no companion, solitary," shortening of alone (q.v.) by weakening of stress or else by misdivision of what is properly all one. The Lone Star in reference to "Texas" is first recorded 1843, from its flag. Lone wolf in the figurative sense is 1909, American English.