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los·er

 (lo͞o′zər)
n.
1.
a. One that fails to win: the losers of the game.
b. A person who takes loss in a specified way: a graceful loser; a poor loser.
2.
a. A person who is unable to be successful on a sustained basis: His mother considers his friends to be a bunch of losers.
b. One that loses opportunities or advantages: The losers in the latest round of budget cuts included retirees and pensioners.
c. One that is bad in quality: That book is a real loser.

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) bridge a card that will not take a trick

los•er

(ˈlu zər)

n.
1. a person or group that loses.
2.
a. a person who has failed significantly at something: a loser at marriage.
b. one that disappoints.
3. Slang. misfit (def. 3).
[1300–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.loser - a contestant who loses the contestloser - a contestant who loses the contest  
contestant - a person who participates in competitions
old maid - the loser in a game of old maid
winner, victor - the contestant who wins the contest
2.loser - a person with a record of failingloser - a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
unfortunate, unfortunate person - a person who suffers misfortune
bankrupt, insolvent - someone who has insufficient assets to cover their debts
flash in the pan - someone who enjoys transient success but then fails
dud, flop, washout - someone who is unsuccessful
underdog - one at a disadvantage and expected to lose
achiever, succeeder, winner, success - a person with a record of successes; "his son would never be the achiever that his father was"; "only winners need apply"; "if you want to be a success you have to dress like a success"
3.loser - a gambler who loses a bet
gambler - a person who wagers money on the outcome of games or sporting events
winner - a gambler who wins a bet

loser

noun failure, flop (informal), underdog, also-ran, no-hoper (Austral. slang), dud (informal), lemon (slang), clinker (slang, chiefly U.S.), washout (informal), non-achiever, LZ (S.M.S.) the winners and losers of this year's Super Bowl
Quotations
"Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser" [Paul Newman]

loser

noun
1. One that fails completely:
Informal: dud, flop, lemon.
Slang: bomb.
2. A person living under very unhappy circumstances:
Translations
خَاسِرٌخاسِرفاشل
poražený
taber
häviäjäluuseriepäonnistuja
gubitnik
vesztes
sá sem tapar
敗者
잃은 사람
premaganec
förlorare
ผู้แพ้
mağlup/kaybeden kimseyenilmiş
người thua cuộc

loser

[ˈluːzəʳ] N (= person) → perdedor(a) m/f; (= card) → carta f perdedora
he's a born losersiempre sale perdiendo, es un perdedor nato
to be a bad loserno saber perder, tener mal perder
to be a good losersaber perder, tener buen perder
to come off the losersalir perdiendo

loser

[ˈluːzər] n
(in game, contest)perdant(e) m/f
to be a good loser → être beau joueur m, être bon perdant (bonne)(e)m/f
to be a bad loser → être mauvais(e) joueur/euse m/f, être mauvais(e) perdant(e) m/f
(= failure) → raté(e) m/f, loser m
He's such a loser! → Quel raté celui-là!, C'est un vrai loser!

loser

nVerlierer(in) m(f); he is a good/bad loserer ist ein guter/schlechter Verlierer; he’s a born loserer ist der geborene Verlierer; what a loser! (inf)was für eine Null! (inf)

loser

[ˈluːzəʳ] nperdente m/f
he's a born loser → è un perdente nato
to be a good/bad loser → saper/non saper perdere

lose

(luːz) past tense, past participle lost (lost) verb
1. to stop having; to have no longer. She has lost interest in her work; I have lost my watch; He lost hold of the rope.
2. to have taken away from one (by death, accident etc). She lost her father last year; The ship was lost in the storm; He has lost his job.
3. to put (something) where it cannot be found. My secretary has lost your letter.
4. not to win. I always lose at cards; She lost the race.
5. to waste or use more (time) than is necessary. He lost no time in informing the police of the crime.
ˈloser noun
a person who loses. The losers congratulated the winners.
loss (los) noun
1. the act or fact of losing. suffering from loss of memory; the loss (= death) of our friend.
2. something which is lost. It was only after he was dead that we realized what a loss he was.
3. the amount (especially of money) which is lost. a loss of 500 pounds.
lost adjective
1. missing; no longer to be found. a lost ticket.
2. not won. The game is lost.
3. wasted; not used properly. a lost opportunity.
4. no longer knowing where one is, or in which direction to go. I don't know whether to turn left or right – I'm lost.
at a loss
not knowing what to do, say etc. He was at a loss for words to express his gratitude.
a bad/good loser
someone who behaves badly or well when he loses a game etc.
lose oneself in
to have all one's attention taken up by. to lose oneself in a book.
lose one's memory
to stop being able to remember things.
lose out
to suffer loss or be at a disadvantage.
lost in
having one's attention wholly taken up by. She was lost in thought.
lost on
wasted, having no effect, on. The joke was lost on her.

to lose (not loose) the match.

loser

خَاسِرٌ poražený taber Verlierer χαμένος perdedor häviäjä perdant gubitnik perdente 敗者 잃은 사람 verliezer taper nieudacznik perdedor проигравший (игрок) förlorare ผู้แพ้ yenilmiş người thua cuộc 输者
References in classic literature ?
My eyes were upon the loser of this duel when he got his last and vanquishing wound--it was in his face and it carried away his--but no matter, I must not enter into details.
In the morning, too, when I felt weary, and should have enjoyed another hour's repose very much, it was a tiresome thing to be roused, like the Sultana Scheherazade, and forced into a long story before the getting-up bell rang; but Steerforth was resolute; and as he explained to me, in return, my sums and exercises, and anything in my tasks that was too hard for me, I was no loser by the transaction.
I can bear the reproaches of a loser, even when that loser is a Jew.
That prince would have been no loser by the exchange, for so much was I hated by the Abyssinian monks that they would have thought no expense too great to have gotten me into their hands, that they might have glutted their revenge by putting me to the most painful death they could have invented.
When they came in sight of one another, said the loser,
That's very well said," returned the lawyer; "and whatever comes of it, I shall make it my business to see you are no loser.
Oh, let us have no gestures, no screams, no modern drama, or you will oblige me to tell you that I see Debray leave here, pocketing the whole of the 500,000 livres you have handed over to him this year, while he smiles to himself, saying that he has found what the most skilful players have never discovered -- that is, a roulette where he wins without playing, and is no loser when he loses.
He would scarcely be ten pounds a year the loser by the hundred that was to be paid them; for, what with her board and pocket allowance, and the continual presents in money which passed to her through her mother's hands, Lydia's expenses had been very little within that sum.
For the loser he brought out a woman skilled in all manner of arts, and they valued her at four oxen.
Then I adjudge you to be a loser for this time,” said Miss Temple;
She happened to win; whereupon he cried out that the winning stake was his, and hers the loser.
When he comes back the dispute is settled, as the iron-bound bamboo of the loser witnesses.