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[goh-get-er, -get-] /ˈgoʊˈgɛt ər, -ˌgɛt-/
noun, Informal.
an enterprising, aggressive person.
Origin of go-getter
1920-25, Americanism; probably from the exhortation Go get 'em!; see -er1
Related forms
go-getting, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for go-getter
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  • I'm sending you there, Harrison, because your record indicates that you're a go-getter.

    Monsoons of Death Gerald Vance
  • The next man we send out to that Shanghai office is going to be a go-getter.

    The Go-Getter Peter B. Kyne
  • Applehead, I may here explain, was an ex-sheriff, and what range men call a "go-getter."

  • If it was anybody else I'd say it was crazy, but you're such a doggoned hellion of a go-getter mebbe you can put it over.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • That would put him right up in the go-getter class, which is the class I want to see Kay marry into.

    The Pride of Palomar

    Peter B. Kyne
British Dictionary definitions for go-getter


(informal) an ambitious enterprising person
Derived Forms
go-getting, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for go-getter

1910, American English, from go + agent noun from get (v.). Goer, with essentially the same meaning, is attested from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for go-getter



A vigorous and effective person; winner:sometimes enviously referred to as a go-getter, a hot shot, a ball of fire (1921+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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