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Origin of well-wisher

First recorded in 1580–90
Related formswell-wish·ing, adjective, noun
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Contemporary Examples of well-wishing

  • People cheered him and he wore a wide smile, shaking hands and enjoying the well-wishing crowd.

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    Chris Wilson

    July 30, 2010

Historical Examples of well-wishing

  • 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.


    Henryk Sienkiewicz

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

  • "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.

British Dictionary definitions for well-wishing


  1. 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-wishing



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

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