self-start·​er ˌself-ˈstär-tər How to pronounce self-starter (audio)
: a person who has initiative

Examples of self-starter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Employers love a self-starter — but when a worker with lofty ambitions decided to mount his own piece at an art museum in Munich this year, his efforts were not appreciated by his superiors. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2024 Be a self-starter and open conversations with people of interest. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 30 Mar. 2024 Being a successful independent fractional executive also requires a self-starter attitude. Andrea Pietrini, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Enhance Forecasts With Customer Insights Financial leaders will likely improve their financial forecasting by interviewing those closest to the customers who have been proven performers and self-starters. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Theresa rocked it during her one-on-one time with Gerry, in part with a detailed explanation of her impressive self-starter financial career. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 3 Jan. 2024 Most of the research so far has come from self-starters without direct funding, or by serendipitous discoveries made while exploring often unrelated research, such as Dr. White’s work on Casimir cavities. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, 15 Aug. 2023 From the first electric self-starter in 1912—on a Cadillac—to automatic transmissions, disc brakes, turbochargers, and all the rest, high-end vehicles offered more profit margin to offset the costs of the new technologies. John Voelcker, Car and Driver, 11 Aug. 2023 Samuel, a self-starter, started this fashion revolution from his mother's bedroom. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 25 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of self-starter was in 1884

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“Self-starter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a person who is ambitious
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