go-get·​ter ˈgō-ˈge-tər How to pronounce go-getter (audio)
: an aggressively enterprising person
go-getting adjective or noun

Examples of go-getter in a Sentence

a go-getter with his sights set on the presidency
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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of go-getter was in 1919

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“Go-getter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go-getter. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an ambitious person who eagerly goes after what is desired
adjective or noun

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