Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that starts.
  • n. An attachment for starting an internal-combustion engine without hand cranking. Also called self-starter.
  • n. A device that initiates a flow of high voltage across the electrodes of a fluorescent lamp.
  • n. Sports One who signals the start of a race.
  • n. Sports A participant that starts in a game or race.
  • n. Baseball The first pitcher for a team in a game.
  • n. Baseball A pitcher who regularly begins games for a team.
  • n. The first in a series, especially the first course of a meal; an appetizer.
  • idiom for starters Informal To begin with; initially: "Deborah believes him, indicating, for starters, that she isn't the brightest” ( Judith Crist).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who starts something.
  • n. Something that starts something.
  • n. The first course of a meal, consisting of a small, usually savoury, dish.
  • n. A player in the starting lineup
  • n. A dog that rouses game.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, starts.
  • n. A dog that rouses game.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which starts.
  • n. One who sets out on a journey, a pursuit, a race, or the like.
  • n. One who or that which sets persons or things in motion, as a person who gives the signal for a race, or for the starting of a coach, car, boat, or other conveyance, or a lever or rod for setting an engine or a machine in motion.
  • n. A dog that starts game; a springer; a cocker.
  • n. In cribbage, the cut card.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle
  • n. a contestant in a team sport who is in the game at the beginning
  • n. a culture containing yeast or bacteria that is used to start the process of fermentation or souring in making butter or cheese or dough
  • n. food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course)
  • n. any new participant in some activity
  • n. an electric motor for starting an engine
  • n. the official who signals the beginning of a race or competition

Etymologies

start +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

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  • "One who leaves a jolly company, a milksop; he is no starter, he will sit longer than a hen."
    - Francis Grose, 'The Vulgar Tongue'.

    September 11, 2008