- starter(def 3).
- 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.
Origin of self-starter
First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for self-starting
Self-starting, as a character trait, is relatively unimportant to flourishing early in life but very important at the end of it.What Harvard’s Grant Study Reveals about Happiness and Life
November 7, 2012
Believe me, that kid is self-starting, but he isn't self stopping.Roy Blakeley
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
His hand was on the self-starting device which put the powerful motor in operation.The Boy Aviators' Flight for a Fortune
This engine was self-starting, gave an ignition at every revolution, and ignited without external flame.
Save that you drove yourself and that the car was a two-seater, with a self-starting arrangement, I can tell you nothing.The Secret House
At last Clarke had to order him to abandon the play until he could cure himself of this self-starting habit.Pitching in a Pinch
- the former name for a starter (def. 2)
- a person who is strongly motivated and shows initiative, esp at work
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Word Origin and History for self-starting
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