a person who wishes well to another person, a cause, etc.

Origin of well-wisher

First recorded in 1580–90
Related formswell-wish·ing, adjective, noun
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a person who shows benevolence or sympathy towards a person, cause, etc
Derived Formswell-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.

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