people pleaser

variants: or less commonly people-pleaser \ ˈpē-​pəl-​ˈplē-​zər How to pronounce people-pleaser (audio) \
plural people pleasers also people-pleasers

Definition of people pleaser

: someone or something that pleases or wants to please people a breed of dog that's a people pleaser This sophisticated, nutritious salad is a real people-pleaser, and it's quite filling too.— Brett Stewart and Corey Irwin often : a person who has an emotional need to please others often at the expense of his or her own needs or desires Being a people pleaser isn't all bad. It shows that you are a caring person who values social connections and enjoys making others happy. — Samantha Boardman

Other Words from people pleaser

people-pleasing or people pleasing noun
… if you grew up in a home with a difficult, emotionally unavailable parent, you may have unconsciously picked up the pattern of people-pleasing in an attempt to engage the aloof parent. — Meghan Fritz
people-pleasing adjective
people-pleasing behavior a people-pleasing recipe

First Known Use of people pleaser

1550, in the meaning defined above

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“People pleaser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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