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Loiner is a demonym, describing the citizens of Leeds.

The Rugby league club Leeds Rhinos were previously nicknamed the Loiners.[1]


While there are several theories, the actual origin of the term remains uncertain.

The three competing theories are:

  • Loiner could derive from the name Loidis (in use by the eighth century for the district around modern-day Leeds).[2]
  • Another explanation says that in the 19th century there were many yards and closes around Briggate whose back entrances were known as Low Ins or Loins, hence Loiner.
  • A third theory is that, in the area of Briggate, locals referred to numerous nearby streets as 'loins’, as a Leeds cognate for the Standard English word 'lanes'. People who gathered in these loins to gossip were therefore termed Loiners.[3]


The term Leeds Loiner was included by Joseph Wright, a native of nearby Thackley, in the English Dialect Dictionary. The definition was "An inhabitant of Leeds". The entry suggests that the origin is linked to Marsh Lane in Leeds.[4]


  1. ^ Smith, Peter (11 May 2015). "Leeds Rhinos Flashback: Loiners come back from the dead to beat Saints and retain the Cup". Yorkshire Evening Post.
  2. ^ "LEEDS AND WEST YORKSHIRE". www.englandsnortheast.co.uk. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Loiners of the world unite!". BBC voices2005. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  4. ^ Wright, Joseph (1902), The English Dialect Dictionary, being the complete vocabulary of all dialect words still in use, or known to have been in use during the last two hundred years; founded on the publications of the English Dialect Society and on a large amount of material never before printed, Volume 3 H-L