quit·​ter | \ ˈkwi-tər How to pronounce quitter (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Tuberville referred to a Jones ad critical of the way Tuberville left coaching jobs at Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech, and Cincinnati, calling him a quitter. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Tommy Tuberville to out-of-state 'liberals’ who gave to Jones: ‘go to hell’," 4 Nov. 2020 The construction on the road stopped due to the builder being a big quitter. Love Letters.com, "How do I become friends with an ex?," 10 Oct. 2019 But many of those quitters continued to vape a year later. Wired, "The FDA Tells Congress E-Cigarettes Are Unsafe—and Illegal," 25 Sep. 2019 Plus, TJ Lavin, the show’s host — and famous quitter-hater — had come to cheer me on. Breanne L. Heldman, PEOPLE.com, "I Was Shot From a 'Dangerous Weapon' on the Set of MTV's The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2," 29 Aug. 2019 Media experts wary of Twitter quitters said a distinction between the platform and how people use it should not be lost. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Some journalists wonder if their profession is tweet-crazy," 29 Jan. 2019 The influx of quitters is doing little to ease a pinch for employers seeking workers. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Job Openings Exceed Unemployed Americans Again in July as Employers Feel the Pinch," 11 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of quitter

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Quitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quitter. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quitter

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


quit·​ter | \ ˈkwi-tər How to pronounce quitter (audio) \

Kids Definition of quitter

: a person who gives up too easily

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