Definition of well-willer

1 : one bearing goodwill : one disposed to be kind or friendly : well-wisher
2 obsolete : amateur sense 1 so much a well-willer to the satire that he spares no man— John Dryden

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First Known Use of well-willer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for well-willer

Middle English

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“Well-willer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/well-willer. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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