do-gooder


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do-good·er

(do͞o′go͝od′ər)
n.
A naive idealist who supports philanthropic or humanitarian causes or reforms.

do-gooder

n
informal usually derogatory a well-intentioned person, esp a naive or impractical one
ˌdo-ˈgoodery n
ˌdo-ˈgooding n, adj

do-good•er

(ˈduˈgʊd ər, -ˌgʊd-)

n.
a well-intentioned but naive and sometimes ineffectual social reformer.
[1925–30, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.do-gooder - someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms
benefactor, helper - a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)
Translations

do-gooder

[ˈduːˈgʊdəʳ] N (pej) → hacedor(a) m/f de buenas obras

do-gooder

n (pej)Weltverbesserer m, → Weltverbesserin f

do-gooder

[ˈduːˈgʊdəʳ] n (fam, pej) to be a do-gooderfare il filantropo
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