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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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  • It is the well-wishing from the hearts of women, who go back to weep in silence.

    Pike & Cutlass George Gibbs
  • I felt that in the midst of my family, in the midst of well-wishing hearts, I was lonely.

    Hania Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • A god might be conceived of as an amiable and well-wishing father, foolishly indulgent toward his children.

    Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell
  • "I wishes ye a gay journey then," the henchman assured him, using the stereotyped phrase of well-wishing, to the wayfarer.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • Fortune, or rather the well-wishing wits of friends below, gave Larry a few precious moments more than he had counted on.

  • While she enunciated her few and simple words of well-wishing, she looked straight out at them from deep black eyes.

    The Silent Places Steward Edward White
  • Shaikh Byazd now began to send persons to us from Akhs to testify to well-wishing and pressingly invite us to Akhs.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • Again she vowed her belief to the God who would send one sign of his well-wishing toward her.

    Country Neighbors

    Alice Brown
  • From a well-wishing friend, but obligated to vote (against his conscience) for the Blues.

British Dictionary definitions for well-wishing


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-wishing



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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