or front-run·ner, front·run·ner
- a person who leads in any competition.
- an entrant in a race who breaks to the front immediately and establishes the pace for the field.
- an entrant in a race who performs well only when ahead of the field.
Origin of front runner
Examples from the Web for frontrunner
Thomas Sadoski should be the frontrunner to play every smarmy privileged thirty-something from now on.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble
December 15, 2014
Rounds is still the frontrunner and has led in every poll so far.South Dakota's Bizarre Four-Way (Senate Election, That Is)
October 15, 2014
A Republican frontrunner for 2016 wants to work with dictators to stop the Islamic State.Rand Paul Wants to Team Up With Assad and Iran to Stop ISIS
September 3, 2014
Surprisingly, Jacobs, who was the frontrunner for much of the race, ended up in third place.GOP Nominates Former Pig Castrator for Senate
June 4, 2014
After all these years doing the show, have you gotten good at predicting who is going to be the frontrunner from the start?‘American Idol’ Bandleader Rickey Minor on His Favorite Performance and What It Takes to Win
May 20, 2014
- informal the leader or a favoured contestant in a race, election, etc
Word Origin and History for frontrunner
also front-runner, of political candidates, 1908, American English, a metaphor from horse racing (where it is used by 1903 of a horse that runs best while in the lead).