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NONSTARTER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does nonstarter mean? 

NONSTARTER (noun)
  The noun NONSTARTER has 2 senses:

1. a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
2. a horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered

  Familiarity information: NONSTARTER used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


NONSTARTER (noun)


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Meaning:

A person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

nonstarter; unsuccessful person; loser; failure

Hypernyms ("nonstarter" is a kind of...):

unfortunate; unfortunate person (a person who suffers misfortune)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "nonstarter"):

bankrupt; insolvent (someone who has insufficient assets to cover their debts)

flash in the pan (someone who enjoys transient success but then fails)

dud; flop; washout (someone who is unsuccessful)

underdog (one at a disadvantage and expected to lose)


Sense 2nonstarter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("nonstarter" is a kind of...):

bangtail; race horse; racehorse (a horse bred for racing)


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