loser

loser

[loo-zer]
noun
1.
a person, team, nation, etc., that loses: The visiting team was the loser in the series.
2.
Informal.
a.
a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor or, especially, a felony: a two-time loser.
b.
a person who has failed at a particular activity: a loser at marriage.
c.
someone or something that is marked by consistently or thoroughly bad quality, performance, etc.: Don't bother to see that film, it's a real loser.
3.
Slang. a misfit, especially someone who has never or seldom been successful at a job, personal relationship, etc.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English losere destroyer; see lose, -er1

nonloser, noun
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loser (ˈluːzə)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that loses
2.  a person or thing that seems destined to be taken advantage of, fail, etc: a born loser
3.  bridge a card that will not take a trick

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Word Origin & History

loser
"a destroyer," mid-14c., from lose (q.v.). Sense of "one who suffers loss" is from 1540s; meaning "horse that loses a race" is from 1902; "convicted criminal" is from 1912; "hapless person" is 1955 student slang.
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Slang Dictionary

loser definition

[ˈluzɚ]
  1. n.
    an inept person; an undesirable or annoying person; a social failure. : Those guys are all losers. They'll never amount to anything.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Computing Dictionary

loser definition

jargon
An unexpectedly bad situation, program, programmer, or person. Someone who habitually loses. (Even winners can lose occasionally). Someone who knows not and knows not that he knows not. Emphatic forms are "real loser", "total loser", and "complete loser" (but not **"moby loser", which would be a contradiction in terms).
See luser.
[Jargon File]
(1995-04-19)

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Idioms & Phrases

loser

see under finders, keepers.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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