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[loh-ner] /ˈloʊ nər/
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.
Origin of loner
1945-50; lone + -er1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for loners


(informal) a person or animal who avoids the company of others or prefers to be alone
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Word Origin and History for loners



"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]

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Slang definitions & phrases for loners


  1. (also lone wolf) A person who prefers to be alone, do things alone, etc; a solitary or recluse: He became more of a ''loner,'' almost a man apart from the rest of the team/that breed of loners who wandered through the Rockies in the first half of the nineteenth century
  2. One person or thing by itself: ''Make it two and I'll be true.'' ''Here's a loner to get you started'' (1940s+)

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