do-gooder

[ doo-goo d-er, -goo d- ]
/ ˈduˈgʊd ər, -ˌgʊd- /

noun

a well-intentioned but naive and often ineffectual social or political reformer.

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Origin of do-gooder

1925–30, Americanism; do good + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for do-gooder

do-gooder

noun

informal, usually derogatory a well-intentioned person, esp a naive or impractical one

Derived forms of do-gooder

do-goodery, noundo-gooding, noun, adjective
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