Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun nonstarter

2 senses of nonstarter

Sense 1
failure, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person -- (a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently)
       => unfortunate, unfortunate person -- (a person who suffers misfortune)

Sense 2
nonstarter -- (a horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered)
       => racehorse, race horse, bangtail -- (a horse bred for racing)

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