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Is there any specific term for someone who has lost something? The person who finds something can be called a finder but what about the person who has lost something? What should the appropriate term be?

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  • Finders keepers, losers weepers. – Neil W Jul 6 '14 at 0:42
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The term that describes a person who misplaces an inanimate object is mislayer (a derivative of mislay).

He constantly loses his wallet; I don't know a more frequent mislayer.

Additionally, a term that denotes a person who lost someone dear (or something sentimental) is bereaved (or bereft), when used as an adjectival noun.

I offer my condolences to the bereft.

  • People who lose their billfolds are now Don Juans? :) – tchrist Jul 6 '14 at 22:47
  • @tchrist There's a reason this "Don Juan" has lost his wallet; it was probably stolen by an unscrupulous woman that he seduced (or payed for). – Theodore Broda Jul 7 '14 at 0:38
  • @AldeeMativo My pleasure. When in doubt, use a thesaurus. Although initially I could find no synonyms for "loser", I looked at synonyms for the verb "lose". In one of the dictionary entries for "mislay" (a synonym of "lose"), I found "mislayer" among the derived terms. There are many descriptive words in English, but it sometimes takes some excavation to find them. – Theodore Broda Jul 8 '14 at 4:04
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I think aside from the rather abrasive "loser", such a term doesn't exist. For specific things however, e.g. the loss of a wife/husband, we have the term "widow/widower".

  • Yes. I agree.. it seems there is no specific term for such :) – Aldee Jul 6 '14 at 2:43

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