Definition of


  1. (noun, person) someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms

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Synonyms of Do-gooder

humanitarian, improver

Alternate forms of Do-gooder

Derivations: do good

Hypernyms: benefactor, helper

Origin of the word Do-gooder

  1. "a person who seeks to correct social ills in an idealistic, but usually impractical or superficial, way," 1654 (as do-good), in "Zootomia, or Observations on the Present Manners of the English: Briefly Anatomizing the Living by the Dead. With An Usefull Detection of the Mountebanks of Both Sexes," written by Richard Whitlock, a medical doctor. Probably used even then wi… more

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