[ self-stahr-ter ]
/ ˈsɛlfˈstɑr tər /


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

Related forms

self-start·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for self-starter



the former name for a starter (def. 2)
a person who is strongly motivated and shows initiative, esp at work

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