from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who avoids the company of other people.

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  • n. One who is alone, lacking or avoiding the company of others.

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  • n. a person who avoids the company or assistance of others


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  • I don't know that a loner is anymore likely to make a good leader than somebody who grew up with ten brothers and sisters to manage.

    April 5th, 2005

  • The evidence for this came largely from unnamed sources, although a former teaching ­colleague, Richard Bland, was quoted using the word "loner" and referring to the blue-tinged hair.

  • Simon Wiesenthal, Nazi-hunter and impassioned loner, is a legendary figure for his role in helping track down hundreds of Nazi war criminals, the most famous among them Adolf Eichmann.

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  • This tormented, friendless loner is attracted to raven-haired Eli, a wide-eyed new girl recently moved in next door with her reclusive father.

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  • KING: Was she known as a loner to anybody's knowledge?

    CNN Transcript Jul 24, 2001

  • In court he was described as a loner who abused his encyclopaedic knowledge of birds.

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  • The teenager, who neighbours described as a loner with a fondness for violent videos, appears to have taken his own life after police engaged him in a shootout hours after he fled the school and hijacked a car.

    Reuters: Top News

  • The out of work truck driver, pushed to living on food stamps was described as a loner who hated blacks, gays and anyone different from him, making this church and its liberal policies perfect targets in (INAUDIBLE).

    CNN Transcript Jun 12, 2009

  • Now, being described as a loner to me, and I've worked with a lot of profilers and psychologists, they've given me a great education, that says that that doesn't mean that these people are not doing anything.

    CNN Transcript Apr 17, 2007

  • The first details have to do with who Cho Seung-Hui is, 23-year-old who authorities describe as a loner, as you said, a Korean national.

    CNN Transcript Apr 17, 2007


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