do-gooder

noun do-good·er \ -ˌgu̇-dər \

Definition of do-gooder

:an earnest often naive humanitarian or reformer

do-gooding

play \-diŋ\ noun or adjective

First Known Use of do-gooder

1925


DO-GOODER Defined for English Language Learners

do-gooder

noun

Definition of do-gooder for English Language Learners

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


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