do-good·​er ˈdü-ˌgu̇-dər How to pronounce do-gooder (audio)
: an earnest often naive humanitarian or reformer
do-gooding noun or adjective

Examples of do-gooder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enjoy Craft Beers Sip on local brews at Starr Hill, the second oldest craft brewery in Virginia; do-gooders should order The Love, a light wheat beer that gives back to Lynchburg charities. Betsy Cribb Watson, Southern Living, 2 Apr. 2024 The whole project alienated these West Virginians from government—from do-gooders and virtue-signalers. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, 27 Mar. 2024 Highlighting their bedrock principles, ideological debates, strained bonds and creative collaborative combat, the show recognizes that what makes these do-gooders so compelling is the way in which their personal and political concerns combine and clash until the two are inextricably intertwined. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Mar. 2024 Ideologues and power-mongers of many sorts, from brazen Black profiteers in Paris to frivolous white do-gooders, fill the frame with their declamations. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2024 The long-running CBS series follows the lives and trials of a police commissioner (Tom Selleck) and his family of cops, lawyers, and assorted do-gooders. Chris Snellgrove,, 11 Feb. 2024 Bek Mitchell-Kidd works in communications for nonprofits and do-gooders. Bek Mitchell-Kidd, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 So why, then, do politicians, nonprofits and even do-gooder corporations love tiny homes so much? Alena Botros, Fortune, 28 Jan. 2024 Stabs of social-media satire — targeting both Nikki’s do-gooder wellness brand and Reuben’s exhaustively hashtagged wedding plans — are amusing but easy, glossing over the deeper human weaknesses underpinning them. Guy Lodge, Variety, 21 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of do-gooder was in 1925

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“Do-gooder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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