a person who is or prefers to be alone, especially one who avoids the company of others: He was always a loner—no one knew him well.

1945–50; lone + -er1

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loner (ˈləʊnə)
informal a person or animal who avoids the company of others or prefers to be alone

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late 14c., aphetic shortening of alone (q.v.) by misdivision of what is properly al(l) one. The Lone Star in ref. to "Texas" is first recorded 1843, from its flag. Loner "one who avoids company" first recorded 1947. Lone wolf in the fig. sense is 1909, Amer.Eng.
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