Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LOSERS

The losers were vexed; the winners shrugged their shoulders.

He was then the only winner, and one of the losers asked him to pay for drinks.

It was a hard law, that of the world: knowing only winners and losers.

Your modesty always stands in the way of your happiness for a while: but you are no losers by it.

The few hundreds who could obtain admittance to the Hall will be the only losers.

I am not at this point arguing whether they were the losers or gainers.

In other respects, I conceive the Scots were losers by the union.

Who ever heard of a war in which both sides did not come off losers?

There was some compensation, by the way: the abbeys were not invariably the losers.

If public morality is satisfied, the lovers are not the losers.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "a destroyer," agent noun from lose (v.). Sense of "one who suffers loss" is from 1540s; meaning "horse that loses a race" is from 1902; "convicted criminal" is from 1912; "hapless person" is 1955 student slang.