A loser is the team or person that did not win or succeed. In pond hockey, the loser has to hose down the ice to make it smooth again.

You may have heard loser used to insult someone who has not had a lot of success in life, someone who might not have many friends. This mean slang took root in the 1950s but it wasn't until the 1990s that kids who loved indie rock reclaimed it as an anti-hero badge of honor, wearing t-shirts with "Loser" written in huge letters across the front. This ironic gesture was meant to show the jocks who the real cool kids were.

Definitions of loser

n a contestant who loses the contest

victor, winner
the contestant who wins the contest
old maid
the loser in a game of old maid
Type of:
a person who participates in competitions

n a gambler who loses a bet

a gambler who wins a bet
Type of:
a person who wagers money on the outcome of games or sporting events

n a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently

failure, nonstarter, unsuccessful person
achiever, succeeder, success, winner
a person with a record of successes
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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
one at a disadvantage and expected to lose
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unfortunate, unfortunate person
a person who suffers misfortune

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