- Below cost:
sold the merchandise at a loss.
- Perplexed; puzzled:
I am at a loss to understand those remarks.
- in an uncertain or perplexed state; puzzled
- so as to lose money
to operate a business at a loss
- temporarily unable to speak or to articulate one's feelings or thoughts, as from surprise or deep emotion
Other Word Forms of Loss
Origin of Loss
Old English has los "loss, destruction," from a Proto-Germanic root *lausam- (see lose), but the modern word probably evolved in the 14th century from lost, the original past participle of lose, itself from Old English losian "be lost, perish," from los "destruction, loss", from a Proto-Germanic root *lausa (compare O.N. los "the breaking up of an army"), from Proto-Indo-Eeuopean base *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart, untie, separate"
Middle English los from Old English lose
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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