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[goh-get-er, -get-] /ˈgoʊˈgɛt ər, -ˌgɛt-/
noun, Informal.
an enterprising, aggressive person.
Origin of go-getter
1920-25, Americanism; probably from the exhortation Go get 'em!; see -er1
Related forms
go-getting, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for go-getter
  • Merely achieving practical capacity marks you as average, not an achieving go-getter worthy of extra attention.
  • Because he is a grabber and a go-getter, they,re proud to be of his blood.
  • She is a go-getter and working with her has been a pure pleasure.
  • She says she is now more social, and more of a go-getter.
  • She is a go-getter and always has a positive outlook on everything.
British Dictionary definitions for go-getter


(informal) an ambitious enterprising person
Derived Forms
go-getting, adjective
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Word Origin and History for go-getter

1910, American English, from go + agent noun from get (v.). Goer, with essentially the same meaning, is attested from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for go-getter



A vigorous and effective person; winner:sometimes enviously referred to as a go-getter, a hot shot, a ball of fire (1921+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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