[goh-get-er, -get-]
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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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Historical Examples of go-getting

  • I mean I dont like New Yorkwouldnt live there if you gave me the placebut it showed a sort of go-getting spirit.

British Dictionary definitions for go-getting


  1. informal an ambitious enterprising person
Derived Formsgo-getting, adjective
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Word Origin and History for go-getting



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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