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 For employers, replacing just one quitter is a straightforward task. New York Times, 21 Jan. 2022 Parker was concerned that she would be viewed as a quitter by leaving Los Angeles despite being named the AP award winner her rookie year with the Sparks in 2008, when she was honored as the WNBA’s MVP and top rookie. Doug Feinberg, chicagotribune.com, 30 Dec. 2021 After Biles quit the competition, some uninformed people online called her a quitter. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 21 Oct. 2021 When Australian rower Sally Robbins cited anxiety as her reason for withdrawing from the Olympic finals in 2004, she was painted as a quitter and a national disgrace. Nicole Dunn, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Online bullies called Biles a quitter and a disgrace. Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2021 In the past week, some conservative pundits have tried to cast Biles as a quitter, a loser, a selfish snowflake. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 Social media has been harsher; strangers have accused Biles of being weak, a quitter, and said her decisions in Tokyo have tarnished her legacy. Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 But backlash, mostly from older men, has been fierce, calling Biles a quitter for declining to risk her life for a sporting event. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, 29 July 2021 See More

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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 20 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of quitter

: a person who gives up too easily

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