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[doo-er] /ˈdu ər/
a person or thing that does something, especially a person who gets things done with vigor and efficiency.
a person characterized by action, as distinguished from one given to contemplation.
Australian. an amusing or eccentric person; character.
Origin of doer
1300-50; Middle English. See do1, -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for doer
  • My point was that, except in extreme cases, bullying is in the eye of the beholder or doer.
  • The doer is the student and the helper takes on the role of teacher.
  • He is more of a doer than a communicator, he insists.
  • We have, largely, repudiated objective morality in favour of relativism where everything is good in the eye of the doer.
  • There is not a single ill-doer who could not be turned to some good.
  • The deeds themselves, though mute, spoke loud the doer.
  • My secret endeavor is, obviously, to secure my position forever as the doer of the number one romantic act in your life.
  • Because it is evergreen, pachysandra has won its reputation as a doer among landscapers.
  • For example, the company may be the named respondent but the supervisor would be the doer.
British Dictionary definitions for doer


a person or thing that does something or acts in a specified manner: a doer of good
an active or energetic person
a thriving animal, esp a horse
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Word Origin and History for doer

c.1300, agent noun from do.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for doer



A person who commits a crime; perp: Police talked about having captured most of the ''doers'' in the bombing (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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