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The term loner is, according to the meaning given by the dude, a "person who isolates himself, does his affairs for himself and in his own way and appears strange in his behavior to others".

In the 16th and 17th centuries there were loners in a hospital in southern Germany who ate their “own bread”, ie were accommodated there at their own expense. As a rule, they had better accommodation, often their own furniture or their own food, and they stayed away from the other inmates, who were mostly dependent on alms .

In the German dictionary by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm , the loner is defined as qui rem familiarem ipse curat ('someone who takes care of his household') without further explanation .

The Swiss Idioticon defines it as a man who, although unmarried, runs his own household.


Schizoid personalities are often seen as loners. The appearance usually includes a certain aversion to contact.

Literature and film

Berthold Auerbach is the author of a short story entitled The lonely woman . It is part of the collection of Black Forest village stories . She begins with the sentence: "A woman who leads a lonely, secluded life, bakes her bread all by herself, is called a loner, and such a woman usually has all sorts of special features."

Mavericks are also the subject of the story nerds from the cave monastery complex of Nikolai Leskov and film The nerd from Walter Lerven .

See also

Web links

Wiktionary: loners  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Lone wolf. In: duden.de. Accessed December 30, 2018 .
  2. ↑ Lone wolf. In: Jacob Grimm , Wilhelm Grimm (Hrsg.): German dictionary . 16 volumes in 32 sub-volumes, 1854–1960. S. Hirzel, Leipzig ( woerterbuchnetz.de ).
  3. Swiss Idioticon: loners
  4. Gerhardt Nissen, Götz-Erik Trott: Mental disorders in children and adolescents: An outline of child and adolescent psychiatry . Springer-Verlag, 2013, ISBN 978-3-642-79568-8 ( com.ph [accessed December 30, 2018]).
  5. Hans Jung: Personality Typology : Knowledge of human nature as an instrument of leadership . Walter de Gruyter, 2014, ISBN 978-3-11-037519-0 ( com.ph ).
  6. ^ Berthold Auerbach: Berthold Auerbach's entire Black Forest village stories . Cotta, 1884 ( com.ph [accessed December 30, 2018]).
  7. ^ Berthold Auerbach: Black Forest Village Stories: Sixth Volume . BoD - Books on Demand, 2017 ( com.ph ).