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Meaning: a person who helps people or animals, like a charity worker or an animal rights activist

For example:

  • Those Greenpeace do-gooders are trying to stop our dolphin hunt again.

  • Why do these do-gooders help people anyway? They don't even get paid!

Note: This dysphemism is used to insult or disparage people who "do good" by helping other people or animals. Those who insult people by calling them "do-gooders" might do this because their interests are threatened in some way. For example, a factory owner who mistreats workers might call someone who teaches the workers about labour rights a "do-gooder".

Quick Quiz:

If someone calls you a "do-gooder", they're

a. insulting you

b. praising you

c. helping you

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Contributor: Matt Errey