[goh-get-er, -get-]

noun Informal.

an enterprising, aggressive person.

Origin of go-getter

1920–25, Americanism; probably from the exhortation Go get 'em!; see -er1
Related formsgo-get·ting, adjective
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Related Words for go-getter

doer, pistol, dynamo, hustler, workhorse, sharpy, self-starter, beaver, fireball

Examples from the Web for go-getter

Contemporary Examples of go-getter

Historical Examples of go-getter

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for go-getter



informal an ambitious enterprising person
Derived Formsgo-getting, adjective
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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.

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