well-wish·​er ˈwel-ˌwi-shər How to pronounce well-wisher (audio)
: one who wishes well to another : an admiring supporter or fan
well-wishing adjective or noun

Examples of well-wisher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Charles, 74, waved and smiled at well-wishers who had gathered nearby to capture a glimpse of the monarch as news cameras flashed. Megan Specia, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Prince William is expressing his gratitude to well-wishers as his wife, Kate Middleton, recovers from abdominal surgery and his father, King Charles, receives treatment for cancer. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024 Charles walked out of the clinic with his wife, Queen Camilla, at about 3 p.m. local time (9 a.m. Central Time) on Monday, stopping to smile and wave to well-wishers but ignoring shouted questions from reporters. Danica Kirka, Twin Cities, 29 Jan. 2024 At the time, Camilla also informed well-wishers gathered outside about her husband's well-being. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 27 Jan. 2024 Prince Andrew’s strange exchange with well-wishers during the royal family’s annual Christmas Day church outing is going viral. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024 Following the mass, Fergie was spotted greeting well-wishers and wishing everyone a happy Christmas. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 2 Jan. 2024 In another adorable interaction between the two families, Princess Kate was seen handing Mia a bouquet of red roses that had been given to her by a well-wisher. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 27 Dec. 2023 So when Megan fell seriously ill herself with a rare form of brain cancer, well-wishers flocked to donate money to her crowdfunding campaign for experimental treatments — until a few followers began to notice holes in her story. Emma Dibdin, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1576, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of well-wisher was circa 1576

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“Well-wisher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/well-wisher. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a person who wishes good fortune to another

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