do-gooder
noun Date: 1926 an earnest often naive humanitarian or reformerdo-gooding noun or adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • do-gooder — (n.) a person who seeks to correct social ills in an idealistic, but usually impractical or superficial, way, 1650s (as do good), in Zootomia, or Observations on the Present Manners of the English: Briefly Anatomizing the Living by the Dead. With …   Etymology dictionary

  • do-gooder — ☆ do gooder [do͞o′good΄ər ] n. Informal a person who seeks to correct social ills in an idealistic, but usually impractical or superficial, way do good adj. do gooding n. do goodism …   English World dictionary

  • do-gooder — do gooders N COUNT (disapproval) If you describe someone as a do gooder, you mean that they do things which they think will help other people, although you think that they are interfering …   English dictionary

  • do-gooder — [n] idealist altruist, bleeding heart, good Samaritan, humanitarian, philanthropist, volunteer; concepts 416,423 …   New thesaurus

  • do-gooder — ► NOUN ▪ a well meaning but unrealistic or interfering person …   English terms dictionary

  • do-gooder — UK [ˌduː ˈɡʊdə(r)] / US [ˌdu ˈɡʊdər] noun [countable] Word forms do gooder : singular do gooder plural do gooders someone who always tries to help people, especially people who are poor or in trouble. This word is used as a criticism, to suggest… …   English dictionary

  • do-gooder —    a self righteous person who forces his concerns on others    Nearly always used derogatively:     ... hated to... make the other policeman think he was a do gooder. (Wambaugh, 1975)    Do gooding, as different from doing good, is so acting:… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • do-gooder — [“duguda* ] n. a person who is always trying to help others. (Often derogatory.) □ The do gooders are demanding a bigger cut of the pie. □ I don’t consider myself a do gooder, but I try to help people …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • do-gooder — do good|er [du: ˈgudə US ər] n someone who helps people who are in bad situations, but who is annoying because their help is not needed used to show disapproval ▪ I ve got very little time for interfering do gooders …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • do-gooder — do good|er [ ,du gudər ] noun count someone who always tries to help people, especially people who are poor or in trouble. This word is used as a criticism, to suggest that their help is unnecessary or inappropriate …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • do-gooder — do good·er …   English syllables

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