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1 a contestant who loses the contest [syn: also-ran] [ant: winner]
2 a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently [syn: failure, nonstarter, unsuccessful person] [ant: achiever]
3 a gambler who loses a bet [ant: winner]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A person who fails to win.
    • In a two-horse race there is always one winner and one loser.
  2. Someone who loses in a specified manner.
    • He was always a good loser.
  3. Someone with bad luck or poor skills who consistently loses.
    • I’m a constant loser in love.
  4. Something of poor quality.
    • That dictionary is a loser!
  5. A person of unhappy circumstances.
    • That guy is a born loser!
  6. A contemptible or unfashionable person.
    • That person is a loser!
  7. Someone that has lost weight. (a recent term, originally from Kelloggs, but now has come from NBC show "The Biggest Loser")
    • She is such a loser, she lost 15 kilos!

Derived terms


A person who fails to win
Someone who loses in a specified manner
Someone with bad luck or poor skills who consistently loses
Something of poor quality
A person of unhappy circumstances
An insult
Someone that has lost weight



  1. indefinite plural of los

Extensive Definition

Loser is the antonym of winner, often used as an insult, and may also refer to:
loser in German: Loser (Begriffsklärung)
loser in Finnish: Luuseri

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

also-ran, bankrupt, bomb, booby, bummer, bust, clinker, con, defeatee, duck, dud, failure, fall guy, false alarm, fiasco, flop, game loser, good loser, good sport, hard-luck guy, hardcase, jailbird, lag, lemon, misfit, nebbish, poor unfortunate, sad sack, schlemiel, schlimazel, sport, stooge, sure loser, the vanquished, underdog, unfortunate, victim, washout
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