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[kwit-er] /ˈkwɪt ər/
a person who quits or gives up easily, especially in the face of some difficulty, danger, etc.
Origin of quitter
First recorded in 1605-15; quit1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I knew he was a quitter;" the woman's companion was pessimistic.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • "A quitter will quit and a bleeder will bleed," said the Kid sententiously.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • It always seemed to me that it took a lot of practice to be a quitter.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The quitter can't survive where the plugger has the ghost of a chance.

    The Clock that Had no Hands Herbert Kaufman
  • The patron saint of the successful advertiser hates a quitter.

    The Clock that Had no Hands Herbert Kaufman
  • I may prove to be a quitter, Miss Farley, but I'd like at least to be entered for the game.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • Lennon was a white man, and he had proved himself not a quitter.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • But Tim Garvey is no quitter; at least, I've never had that name.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • I've been a quitter all my life, I'll admit, but I'm going to put up my fists at the end.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
British Dictionary definitions for quitter


a person who gives up easily; defeatist, deserter, or shirker
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for quitter

as an insult, 1881, American English, agent noun from quit (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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