Definition of loser noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈluːzə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈluːzər//
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  1. 1a person who is defeated in a competition winners and losers He’s a good/bad loser(= he accepts defeat well/badly).
  2. 2(rather informal) a person who is regularly unsuccessful, especially when you have a low opinion of them She's one of life's losers. He's a born loser.
  3. 3a person who suffers because of a particular action, decision, etc. The real losers in all of this are the students.
  4. Extra examples He was a born loser. He’s extremely competitive and a bad loser. He’s just a pathetic loser. If the teachers go on strike, the children are the ultimate losers. She made me feel like a complete loser. The film company thought they’d backed a loser until the film won an Oscar. The main loser was the United Left, which lost eight seats. The team has been transformed from perennial losers into real contenders. He began to see himself as a loser; lacking in skills or opportunities. He has to be the Oscars’ all-time loser with seven nominations and no wins. She’s one of life’s losers. Sweden will now play the losers of the other semi-final for the bronze medal. The impression he gave was one of a bumbling loser. They were 16–3 losers to New Zealand yesterday.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: loser