Meaning of loser in English:


Pronunciation /ˈluːzə/

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  • 1A person or thing that loses or has lost something, especially a game or contest.

    ‘he was the loser in the race’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A score in the opening 30 minutes may have changed the game for the losers.’
    • ‘Both clubs have managed victory in one of their opening four league games so tomorrow's losers will find themselves off the pace.’
    • ‘The losers in the game also won their share of goodies too from the organisers.’
    • ‘Two outings ago he was denied a clear run and looked an unlucky loser.’
    • ‘Repeatedly denied a clear run, he finished fifth, a really unlucky loser.’
    • ‘Now Chris has two weeks to turn a batch of fumbling snowboard losers into winners.’
    • ‘He realised that a bit of synergy between the units could turn the losers into winners.’
    • ‘Moreover, the victim perhaps even turns the table, and turns the loser into a winner.’
    • ‘He certainly didn't want a loser's medal!’
    • ‘The winners certainly outpace the losers in this period.’
    • ‘The loser of the previous game deals the cards again for the next game.’
    • ‘Everyone is aware of the continual disconnect issue with losers of a game.’
    • ‘The Conservatives and the Labour Party both emerged as losers in the European elections.’
    • ‘I also increased the fighting time of losers of contests relative to winners of contests.’
    • ‘First, I identified traits associated with winners and losers of male contests.’
    • ‘Any who inflicted such wounds or dropped a blade was automatically declared the loser.’
    • ‘The team which suffered the most " wounds " was declared the loser.’
    defeated person, also-ran, the defeated, the vanquished
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    1. 1.1with adjective A person who accepts defeat with good or bad grace.
      ‘they should concede that we won and be good losers’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There would have been howls of anger and charges of ‘sore loser,’ I'm sure.’
      • ‘It will be a hard task for Labor to win the next election - but at least we know that he is an experienced and graceful loser who would inflict no new wounds on his party in that event.’
      • ‘Here we also have an appropriately gracious loser, ‘everyone's so gorgeous, it must have been a nightmare to decide!’’
      • ‘You really do sound like some kind of jealous loser.’
      • ‘He held a sign showing a cartoon politician in tears alongside the slogan: ‘Bad loser!’’
      • ‘And he's got to be a magnanimous, gracious loser to help bring the country together.’
      • ‘To bicker senselessly and be sore losers is as pathetic as it is graceless.’
      • ‘He could just have been a sore loser who'd met an opponent coldly invulnerable to his glowering mind games.’
      • ‘Why did Chris sound like a pathetic sore loser?’
      • ‘Repeat maxim: pathetic losers don't have friends.’
      • ‘A group winner, playoff side, and gallant loser must be found.’
      • ‘Of course we're poor losers… how do you think we became such prolific winners?’
      • ‘Legal challenges will be abound from sore losers and political opportunists trying to exploit legal technicalities.’
    2. 1.2A person who is disadvantaged by a particular situation or course of action.
      ‘children are the losers when politicians keep fiddling around with education’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The real losers of the present situation are the genuine asylum seekers and the British people!’
      • ‘Who was the winner and who was the loser in this situation?’
      • ‘Farmers are simply the losers in a win-lose situation.’
      • ‘Of course, the ultimate loser will be the loyal baseball fan, who will no longer be able to get free audio play-by-play while out of town.’
      • ‘The only losers remain the victims, who deserve to have their deaths honored by a little more intelligence, not to mention manifest humanity.’
      • ‘But the real losers in all this, of course, were the listeners and viewers.’
      • ‘It is a win-win situation, with the only losers being the American people.’
      • ‘Because the losers in any strike are, of course, the General Public.’
      • ‘The situation is overwhelming and the loser is the child.’
      • ‘Of course, radical change creates losers as well as winners.’
      • ‘It may take some time, but the ultimate losers in a world of reduced suppliers will of course be the carriers themselves.’
      • ‘However in some situations the children and the father are losers as the mother plays out her hurt and resentment at the break up by denying contact between them.’
      • ‘The losers from all that are, of course, the poor little children who happen to be the subject of the proceedings.’
      • ‘Of course, nearly every policy creates losers as well as winners.’
      • ‘They see themselves as losers in the global political order.’
      • ‘It might be obvious who are the losers in the scandal-obsessed politics of the moment.’
      • ‘The losers were those who already faced discrimination by employers or politicians, such as African-Americans and immigrants.’
      • ‘The people and the communities that local government purports to serve will be the real losers if this fails to happen.’
    3. 1.3 informal A person who fails frequently or is generally unsuccessful in life.
      • ‘a ragtag community of rejects and losers’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He saw himself in too many of the losers who frequented the bar they worked from.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, though, that axe-dropping has only served to make Mary feel like a reject, a loser, a hideous thing destined to live her life alone.’
      • ‘Nobody writes an autobiography saying I was a loser, a failure and a fool.’
      • ‘They assume that all the users online are psychos, freaks, losers, geeks, or desperate, as the internet has a bad reputation for deceit.’
      • ‘We do not require input from losers and idiots on who we vote for in our own country.’
      • ‘Then, I can salvage some dignity by pretending I'm a cool artsy type who wants to be alone in a bar instead of a loser whom nobody loves.’
      • ‘The very notion of trying to sell Spanish cars labelled this man a fool and a loser.’
      • ‘As a result, blind dating isn't just for geeks and losers anymore (well, not entirely, anyway).’
      • ‘Why does it make us geeks, losers, or freaks to know the characters, be able to recite some lines, and just love the franchise?’
      • ‘Kathy fidgeted beside him, studying her nails, ill at ease among these obvious geeks and losers.’
      • ‘Cleaves writes about desperate men, losers and failures, all from the perspective of a bar room raconteur.’
      • ‘I knew I sounded like a loser and a nobody but for once I didn't care.’
      • ‘I married to save face and save myself from being called a loser or a failure.’
      failure, non-achiever, underachiever, ne'er-do-well, born loser, dead loss, nonentity, nobody
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    4. 1.4Bridge A card that is expected to be part of a losing trick.
      ‘South appeared to have three losers: a trump, a diamond, and a spade’
      • ‘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 a loser
    mainly British 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 do’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Remember that in court they would need to prove how they arrived at the cost of the charges and if they cannot do so, they would probably be on a loser with the courts.’
      • ‘A few years ago you would have been on a loser if you were trying to market products aimed at senior citizens on the web.’
      • ‘Of course, though, the announcer was on a loser from the outset.’
      • ‘But, if he'd even toyed with the idea of defining journalism, he must have realised he would be on a loser.’
      • ‘We were on a loser from the moment the ingredients were ordered.’
      • ‘Even the defence council reckoned he was on a loser; he just hadn't been able to get any sense out of his client.’
      • ‘I was on a loser until I asked him if he'd make the same decision if it were his health we were discussing.’