nonstarter

noun non·start·er \ ˌnän-ˈstär-tər \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of nonstarter

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

Examples of nonstarter in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of nonstarter

1865

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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NONSTARTER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of nonstarter for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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