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self-starter

[self-stahr-ter]
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noun
  1. starter(def 3).
  2. Informal. a person who begins work or undertakes a project on his or her own initiative, without needing to be told or encouraged to do so.
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Origin of self-starter

First recorded in 1890–95
Related formsself-start·ing, adjective
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self-starter

noun
  1. the former name for a starter (def. 2)
  2. a person who is strongly motivated and shows initiative, esp at work
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Word Origin and History for self-starting

self-starter

n.

1894, of engines, 1960, of persons (especially workers), from self- + starter. Self-starting (adj.), of motors, is attested from 1866.

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