[ doo-good ]


  1. of or befitting a do-gooder.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of do-good1

First recorded in 1965–70; back formation from do-gooder

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Idioms and Phrases

Act in an upright, moral way; engage in philanthropy. For example, Social workers are trained to help people to help themselves, not simply going around doing good . This term was first recorded in a.d. 725. Also see do any good ; do one good .

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Example Sentences

Unlike many do-good products, Garden Fresh Farms does not exist as a social good company.

Here are your will me be ready; What would ye that we should do?Good Deeds.

We'd have four good meals every day and baths every morning, and we'd only feel virtuous and 'smarmy' and do-good-to-the-poor-y.

Do-good is exhortatory enough, but it rather smacks of works; hence, possibly, the reason why I have only seen it once.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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