One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A worthless person.
- ‘While geomancing losels are represented in all walks of life, they seem to be most prevalent among politicians and their corporate benefactors.’
- ‘They are losels one and all.’
- ‘We hear him through the night ranting and raving in his sleep: ‘Fie, losels and liars, knaves everyone.’
- ‘Not since I backed a horse have I been pressed so hard; peril of life, jeopardy of land and livelihood, and to sum up, all these losels in the wood to hunt me down.’
Late Middle English: apparently from los-, stem of obsolete lese ‘lose’, + -el.
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