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The runner in black is the loser.


From Middle English loser, losere, equivalent to lose +‎ -er. In the sense of contemptible or worthless individual, perhaps an alteration of losel, which see.



loser (plural losers)

  1. A person who loses; one who fails to win or thrive.
    Antonym: winner
    In a two-horse race there is always one winner and one loser.
    He was always a good loser.
  2. Something of poor quality.
  3. A person who is frequently unsuccessful in life.
    Synonym: failure
    That guy is a born loser!
    I'm a constant loser in love.
  4. (derogatory) A contemptible or unfashionable person.
    Synonym: losel (archaic)
  5. One who or that which loses something, such as extra weight, car keys, etc.
    • 1999, Larry Medsker, Lakhmi C. Jain, Recurrent Neural Networks: Design and Applications →ISBN, page 192:
      Another way to speed search (in general) is to order or bias the hypothesis space based on some heuristic. Suppose you are a habitual car key loser and that you keep track of where your keys turn up after each search.
    • 2004, Marianna S. Katona, Tales from the Berlin Wall: Recollections of Frequent Crossings →ISBN:
      But a West German reporting a lost passport in East Berlin during the years of the Wall was treated to a criminal investigation, with the passport loser as the potential criminal.
    • 2005, Maggie Greenwood-Robinson, The Biggest Loser: The Weight Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health and Life →ISBN)
    • 2009, Jane Bryant Quinn, Making the Most of Your Money Now
      You're counting on this insurance company to pay you a check many years in the future. But for some companies, disability coverage has been a money loser.
    • 2010, Cutting Myself in Half: 150 Pounds Lost, One Byte at a Time →ISBN, page 109:
      You have to think of yourself as an already amazing person who's hiding behind extra weight—a superhero in a disguise. If you follow the program, [] change the message from “I'm a big loser” to “I'm a big weight loser.”

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Borrowed from English loser.


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  • Hyphenation: lo‧ser


loser m (plural losers, diminutive losertje n)

  1. loser



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From English loser.



loser m (plural losers)

  1. (colloquial) loser





  1. strong masculine singular nominative form of lose.
  2. strong feminine singular genitive form of lose.
  3. strong feminine singular dative form of lose.
  4. strong plural genitive form of lose.
  5. mixed masculine singular nominative form of lose.
  6. predicative comparative form of lose.

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loser m

  1. indefinite plural of los