do·​er | \ˈdü-ər \

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.

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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 The Democrats are in perpetual teardown resistance mode, Trump should be perceived as a doer. Fox News, "Hogan Gidley on Macron's 'special relationship' with Trump," 25 Apr. 2018 He was fed up with the intellectual thinkers, not actual doers, and wanted to live more of an easygoing life. Myrna Petlicki,, "Skokie group presents 'California Suite'," 12 June 2018 That interest began to build the narrative of makers and doers coming to Detroit to launch businesses. Tamara Warren, The Verge, "Inside Detroit’s crumbling train station that Ford plans to transform into a mobility lab," 20 June 2018 Sporting bureaucrats like their politicians to be – how can this be put kindly? – doers rather than talkers. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Give Trump credit for USA getting the World Cup," 13 June 2018 So far the speculation has centered on whether the trio has chosen a doer or a thinker. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: JPM-Amazon-Berkshire Leaders, CRISPR and Cancer, Soon-Shiong IPO," 11 June 2018 Just about everyone Pein meets, including bartenders and cab drivers, is a doer and a dreamer. Shuja Haider, The New Republic, "Silicon Valley’s Rigged Game of Life," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of doer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of doer

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


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Kids Definition of doer

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

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something that serves to warn or remind

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