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
  1. noun

    a contestant who loses the contest

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    victor, winner

    the contestant who wins the contest

    old maid

    the loser in a game of old maid
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    a person who participates in competitions

  2. noun

    a gambler who loses a bet

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

  3. noun

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

    failure, nonstarter, unsuccessful person
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    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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