a. One that fails to win: the losers of the game.
b. A person who takes loss in a specified way: a graceful loser; a poor loser.
a. A person who is unable to be successful on a sustained basis: His mother considers his friends to be a bunch of losers.
b. One that loses opportunities or advantages: The losers in the latest round of budget cuts included retirees and pensioners.
c. One that is bad in quality: That book is a real loser.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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