quit·​ter ˈkwi-tər How to pronounce quitter (audio)
: 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 And the numbers of quitters among some demographics, including among older people, have fallen flat. Jen Christensen, CNN, 21 Feb. 2024 My proven strategy for unlocking the secrets of happiness lost its luster when reframed as embracing being a quitter. Emily Parnell, Kansas City Star, 7 Feb. 2024 Institutional breakdown Many post-promotion quitters are making the decision to bet on themselves, even if that means the risky choice of starting a business over the stability of having an employer. Byirina Ivanova, Fortune, 9 Sep. 2023 If players sat out during the uncertain time, they were often labeled as quitters or players who didn’t love the game. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2023 Mandatory return-to-office policies hasten the departure of the quitters, a group comprised of disengaged and mostly high performers feeling undervalued. Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 25 Sep. 2023 But its new tool, launched last year, appeals to quitters instead. Emmy Lucas, Forbes, 17 July 2023 Both men are quitters, and both of them are resigned to fate. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 12 Dec. 2022 Spotting quitters There are many potential uses of A.I. in the workplace and professional services firm Genpact has found a novel one: using A.I. chatbots to gauge employee satisfaction. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 14 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quitter was in 1611

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“Quitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quitter. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


quit·​ter ˈkwit-ər How to pronounce quitter (audio)
: a person who gives up too easily

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