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[kwit-er] /ˈkwɪt ər/
a person who quits or gives up easily, especially in the face of some difficulty, danger, etc.
Origin of quitter
1605-15; quit1 + -er1 Unabridged
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  • Also, a little later: "I have my opinion of any man on earth who is a quitter."

  • "A quitter will quit and a bleeder will bleed," said the Kid sententiously.

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • I'm ashamed of myself for being a quitter before I've even heard your plan.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • The patron saint of the successful advertiser hates a quitter.

    The Clock that Had no Hands Herbert Kaufman
  • "He's no quitter, if he was at Powder River," whereby it was Cullin's turn to get a dig, and little did he relish it.

    To The Front Charles King
  • Lennon was a white man, and he had proved himself not a quitter.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • And yet, if he wasn't a quitter, what was the matter with him?

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • But Tim Garvey is no quitter; at least, I've never had that name.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • I—I'm not going to stay here and be—be pointed out as a quitter.

    Left Guard Gilbert Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for quitter


a person who gives up easily; defeatist, deserter, or shirker
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for quitter

as an insult, 1881, American English, agent noun from quit (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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