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 This year, be a doer: Surprise someone special — your partner, your kids, your mom — with breakfast in bed. Margaux Laskey, New York Times, "Our Best Valentine’s Day Recipes: Lobster, Steak, Chocolate and More," 12 Feb. 2020 Assign specific tasks like vegetable-washer, table-setter, dish-doer. Sunset Magazine, "How to Cook for a Family During Quarantine: A Kitchen Survival Guide with Recipes," 2 Apr. 2020 The latest spat is over whether the Fed is doing QE by the back door SHOVE HARD and any group can be sorted into contrasting stereotypes: larks and owls; thinkers and doers; conservatives and progressives. The Economist, "The culture wars between economists and markets practitioners," 6 Feb. 2020 More a doer than a talker, Thomas has earned respect from his teammates in the Atletico dressing room through his commitment and displays on the pitch. Dermot Corrigan, CNN, "How Thomas Partey risked everything to follow European football dream," 17 Feb. 2020 Meet Monique Mitchell: a full-time dreamer, and doer holding numerous titles as a publicist, media maven and podcaster. Dominique Fluker, Essence, "How FAMU Influenced Monique Mitchell To Launch Her Own PR Agency," 25 Nov. 2019 The 7-city Hillcrest area has movers, shakers, dreamers, doers, and all kinds of contributing citizens. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Nature tantalizes, teaches, and helps us heal: Sun Messages," 30 Sep. 2019 The Quartz Pros are some of our top thinkers and doers in business who regularly contribute a fresh perspective on the news. Quartz, "Meet the Quartz UK Pros!," 19 Dec. 2019 She was described as generous, charming, persistent, brilliant, inquisitive, adventurous, sometimes stubborn, an incredible puzzle doer and a thesaurus’ worth of other attributes. Richard A. Marini,, "San Antonio’s Charline McCombs remembered," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of doer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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23 May 2020

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“Doer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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

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