self-im·​prov·​er ˌself-im-ˈprü-vər How to pronounce self-improver (audio)
plural self-improvers
: a person who engages in self-improvement
I love women's magazines that offer five-step solutions to all of life's problems. … As a veteran self-improver, I find articles like these almost irresistible.Kate Hilton
The best feature story of the weekend was a Wall Street Journal profile of Max Deutsch, 24, a San Francisco entrepreneur and serial self-improver who sets improbable goals (like learning Hebrew, solving a Rubik's Cube in 17 seconds, memorizing a deck of cards in two minutes, developing perfect pitch), gives himself a very short period (about a month) to attain them and, by and large, succeeds.James Warren

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1658, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-improver was circa 1658

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“Self-improver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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