quit·​ter | \ˈkwi-tər \

Definition of quitter 

: one that quits especially : one that gives up too easily : defeatist

Examples of quitter in a Sentence

Don't be a quitter. I know you can do it.

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Audtakorn Sutarmjam / EyeEm Getty Images/EyeEm The saying is that nobody likes a quitter. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Jobs Report: Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs at Dotcom Bubble Rates," 10 July 2018 But when looked at per successful quitter, the cash programs cost less than e-cigarettes or traditional methods. Washington Post, "E-cigarettes disappoint in a workplace quit-smoking study," 23 May 2018 Did Golden State’s two-time MVP just deliver a one-hitter quitter? Ben Golliver, SI.com, "James Harden’s Reputation Hangs on His Response to Steph Curry’s ‘Haymaker’," 21 May 2018 For the sake of comparison, each quitter in the free e-cigarette group incurred $5,416.33 in costs, and those in the group offered free smoking-cessation aids priced out at $7,797.52 apiece. Karen Kaplan, latimes.com, "To get smokers to quit, money works better than electronic cigarettes," 23 May 2018 Not that many rage quitters, apparently The survey said most respondents didn't care too much about losing a game. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Dell surveyed 5,763 PC gamers, and this is what they said," 27 Apr. 2018 This pope doesn't prance around in red Prada shoes like the previous quitter pope. Anchorage Daily News, "Resignation pre-empts rant, so consider the pope," 17 Dec. 2017 Struggling through legs and lungs that don't want to go today is still better than sitting at home, calling myself a quitter. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: 20 things I learned in 20 races this year," 11 Dec. 2017 Ramsey accused Palmer of being a quitter, having held the District C seat prior to Ramsey but abruptly declining to run for reelection in 2014. Richard Rainey, NOLA.com, "Kristen Palmer unseats Nadine Ramsey from New Orleans City Council District C seat," 14 Oct. 2017

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1611, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of quitter

: a person who easily gives up or stops doing something : a person who quits


quit·​ter | \ˈkwi-tər \

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: a person who gives up too easily

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