noun \-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: nonstellar
Previous Word in the Dictionary: nonstandard
All Words Near: nonstarter

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up nonstarter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More