noun non·start·er \-ˈstär-tər\

: someone or something that will not be effective or successful

sports : a player who is not chosen to play at the beginning of games : a player who is not one of the starters on a team

Full Definition of NONSTARTER

:  one that does not start
:  someone or something that is not productive or effective <his son has been, in politics a nonstarter — Anthony Lejeune>

Examples of NONSTARTER

  1. She's the leading scorer among the team's nonstarters.

First Known Use of NONSTARTER


Rhymes with NONSTARTER


Next Word in the Dictionary: nonstellarPrevious Word in the Dictionary: nonstandardAll Words Near: nonstarter
July 04, 2015
stringent Hear it
rigorous, strict, or severe
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears