[ self-stahr-ter ]
/ ˈsɛlfˈstɑr tər /
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Informal. a person who begins work or undertakes a project on their own initiative, without needing to be told or encouraged to do so.
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Origin of self-starter
First recorded in 1890–95
OTHER WORDS FROM self-starterself-starting, adjective
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How to use self-starter in a sentence
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|Dan Slater|November 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Ignition is by two high-tension magnetos, and a compressed air self-starting arrangement is provided.A History of Aeronautics|E. Charles Vivian
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|Edgar Wallace
"At least they haven't cribbed our self-starting device," exclaimed Peggy, as she saw.The Girl Aviators' Sky Cruise|Margaret Burnham
His hand was on the self-starting device which put the powerful motor in operation.The Boy Aviators' Flight for a Fortune|Wilbur Lawton
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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