do·​er | \ ˈdü-ər How to pronounce doer (audio) \

Definition of doer

: one that takes an active part a thinker or a doer

Examples of doer in a Sentence

I'm more of a thinker than a doer.

Recent Examples on the Web

Duties needing doers include bounce house/inflatable attendants, games monitors, 50/50 raffle salespeople, donation collectors, logistics people, set-up and break-down helpers, and assistants for the Push, Pull, Pedal Patriotic Parade. Steve Smith,, "July In The Sky Seeks Helpers," 6 June 2019 The app features Quartz Pros, some top thinkers and doers in business who have committed to sharing their takes on the news regularly. Quartz, "Meet the new Quartz Pros: Ghislaine Boddington, Scott Carpenter, Shaun Stewart, Donna Wells," 5 June 2019 Choose your favorite evil-doer and collect all her products or snag the entire collection for $249. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "ColourPop's New Disney Villains Makeup Collection Is the Badass Collab You've Been Waiting For," 20 Mar. 2019 Additionally, the cult classic prominently featured Buffy’s best friend, a powerful witch named Willow, who was the lynchpin in almost every one of Buffy’s plans to best evil-doers. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "The Resurgence of Witches in Pop Culture Like Sabrina, AHS "Coven," and "Charmed" Reflects Women in the Real World," 14 Nov. 2018 Mediation is also a place for perpetrators, or harm-doers, to react. Kim Tran, Teen Vogue, "Transformative Justice, Explained," 15 Nov. 2018 Bianca Laureano teaches a private online class on how to facilitate accountability sessions and has been on all sides of TJ processes, as a harm-doer and person harmed. Kim Tran, Teen Vogue, "Transformative Justice, Explained," 15 Nov. 2018 This may be a fair description of the life of the average doer. Shuja Haider, The New Republic, "Silicon Valley’s Rigged Game of Life," 3 May 2018 The Wall Street Journal’s The Future Of Everything Festival kicks off in New York City this morning, where top doers and thinkers from the worlds of design, fashion, artificial intelligence and more will discuss the changes transforming our world. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "CMO Today: Comcast-Fox Bid Latest; H&M’s Algorithm Push; Adidas Pauses Facebook Video Ads," 8 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'doer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of doer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about doer

Dictionary Entries near doer







doeskin brown

Statistics for doer

Last Updated

21 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for doer

The first known use of doer was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for doer



English Language Learners Definition of doer

: a person who actively does things instead of just thinking or talking about them


do·​er | \ ˈdü-ər How to pronounce doer (audio) \

Kids Definition of doer

: a person who tends to act rather than talk or think about things

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on doer

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with doer

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for doer

Spanish Central: Translation of doer

Nglish: Translation of doer for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of doer for Arabic Speakers

Comments on doer

What made you want to look up doer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a device or gadget

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!