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do–gooder

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noun do–good·er \-ˌgu̇-dər\

Simple Definition of do–gooder

  • : someone whose desire and effort to help people (such as poor people) is regarded as wrong, annoying, useless, etc.

Full Definition of do–gooder

  1. :  an earnest often naive humanitarian or reformer

do–good·ing play \-diŋ\ noun or adjective

1926

First Known Use of do–gooder

1926


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