Definition of nonstarter in English:

Share this entry

nonstarter

Pronunciation: /ˌnänˈstärdər/

noun

1A person or animal that fails to take part in a race.
Example sentences
  • The plane was actually built in 1932 and appeared at the Cleveland races that year but was a non-starter.
  • McRae's younger brother, Alister, was a non-starter in the rally as he is still recovering from his own mountain-bike accident, which forced him out of San Remo and caused him to withdraw from the New Zealand event as well.
1.1 informal A person, plan, or idea that has no chance of succeeding or being effective.
Example sentences
  • The ‘secret location’ plan is clearly a non-starter and should be ditched immediately.
  • However, in effect this remained a non-starter.
  • I regard the application under Order 12 rule 8 effectively as a non-starter.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: non·start·er

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.