noncontender

noun
non·​con·​tend·​er
variants: or non-contender \ ˌnän-​kən-​ˈten-​dər How to pronounce noncontender (audio) \
plural noncontenders or non-contenders

Definition of noncontender

: a competitor who is considered to have no real chance of winning something (such as a championship or an election) The first round of the high school football playoffs generally is where the noncontenders—those teams with losing records that slid into the postseason as No. 4 seeds—quickly are weeded out.— Chip Saye, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 19 Nov. 2010 Here's a vote for Minnesota's Gary Gaetti, often overlooked because he has been playing for a non-contender in a low–visibility market, as the league's best all-round third baseman.The Sporting News, 8 June 1987

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of noncontender

1921, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About noncontender

Time Traveler for noncontender

Time Traveler

The first known use of noncontender was in 1921

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near noncontender

noncontemporary

noncontender

noncontent

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for noncontender

Cite this Entry

“Noncontender.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/noncontender. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!