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1.
The ugly girl in a group of four or five hot girls. It's from
the horse racing term for a horse that did not win, place or show.
Her friends are hot, but she's an also-ran
by durns October 02, 2006
 
2.
neither a loser nor a winner, inescapably more pathetic, less evocative of empathy, less romantic than winner or loser.
The Hollywood starlet had been attracted to champions and to down-and-outlaws, but the milquetoast also-ran in his Ford Pinto didn't even register beyond her retina.
by Slick Willy February 19, 2005
 
3.
one with little talent or success; a contestant who loses the contest
Cold Mountain look like it's on its way to being an Oscar also-ran.
by SpeakEasy January 03, 2004