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[wel-wish-er] /ˈwɛlˌwɪʃ ər/
a person who wishes well to another person, a cause, etc.
Origin of well-wisher
First recorded in 1580-90
Related forms
well-wishing, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • Before parting, we will give three cheers for our dear friend, guide and well-wisher, Colonel Birdseye Maple.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • London, printed by a well-wisher of the Common-wealth of England, 1654.

  • This man, whose self-love I had wounded in one of my novels, in spite of his display of sympathy, was not really my well-wisher.

    The Inferno August Strindberg
  • For, if516 I am to be your well-wisher, I must call him goodly that so well wishes to you.'

    The Fifth Queen Crowned Ford Madox Ford
  • "It would never do for me to live in such a house," was Crooks's reply in thanking the well-wisher.

  • I am, as it were, at home at that house, and every member of it knows me for their well-wisher.

    Isaac Bickerstaff Richard Steele
  • Then accept my warm congratulations; you have no well-wisher more sincere than myself.

    A Crooked Path Mrs. Alexander
  • I spoke as I did only as a friend—as a well-wisher, and that sort of thing.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for well-wisher


a person who shows benevolence or sympathy towards a person, cause, etc
Derived Forms
well-wishing, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for well-wisher

1580s, from well (adv.) + agent noun from wish (v.). Well-wishing is recorded from 1560s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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