Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: wellwisher
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɛlˌwɪʃə/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈwɛlˌwɪʃɚ/
- Hyphenation: well-wish‧er
- Someone who extends good wishes, or expresses sympathy, to someone else.
- 1711 May 6 (Gregorian calendar), [Richard Steele], “WEDNESDAY, April 25, 1711”, in The Spectator, number 48; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, […], volume I, New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, →OCLC, pages 308–309:
- [T]hose honest gentlemen that are always exposed to the wit and raillery of their well-wishers and companions; that are pelted by men, women, and children, friends and foes, and in a word, stand as butts in conversation, for every one to shoot at that pleases.
- 1716 January 20 (Gregorian calendar), Joseph Addison, “The Free-holder: No. 6. Monday, January 9. [1716.]”, in The Works of the Right Honourable Joseph Addison, Esq; […], volume IV, London: […] Jacob Tonson, […], published 1721, →OCLC, page 380:
- [T]he actual traytor or rebel is guilty of perjury in the eye of the lavv; the ſecret promoter, or vvell-vviſher of the cauſe, is ſo before the Tribunal of conſcience.
- 1761, Titus Livius [i.e., Livy], chapter L, in [anonymous], transl., Titus Livius’s Roman History from the Building of the City. […], volume VII, Edinburgh: […] A[lexander] Donaldson and J[ohn] Reid, for Alexander Donaldson, →OCLC, book XXXIII, page 235:
- Nor did he ſeem to have made an unreaſonable reply to them both, and it vvas eaſy for a ſpeech to be received favorably amongſt vvellvviſhers.
- 1770, “Letter XIV. Miss Lavinia Rawlins, to Mrs. Gertrude Coningsby.”, in The History of Lavinia Rawlins. […], 2nd edition, volume I, London: […] [F]or the editor; and sold by F. Noble, […]; and J. Noble, […], page 111:
- [G]ive me the hopes of my dear girl's approaching felicity, equal to the deſires of / Her ſincereſt VVellvviſher, / LAVINIA RAWLINS.
- 1823 December 23 (indicated as 1824), [Walter Scott], “An Old-World Landlady”, in St Ronan’s Well. […], volume I, Edinburgh: […] [James Ballantyne and Co.] for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co., →OCLC, pages 21–22:
- She had still, however, her friends and well-wishers, many of whom thought, that as she was a lone woman, and known to be well to pass in the world, she would act wisely to retire from public life, and take down a sign which had no longer fascination for guests.
- 1827, [Thomas Hamilton], chapter III, in The Youth and Manhood of Cyril Thornton. […], volume II, Edinburgh: William Blackwood; London: T[homas] Cadell, →OCLC, page 70:
- "You see before you," she said, with choking utterance, "one who, fallen and degraded as she is, would still venture to hope that she has a friend, at least a wellwisher, in Mr Thornton. If I am mistaken in this, alas! I am friendless."
- 1849, Currer Bell [pseudonym; Charlotte Brontë], “Levitical”, in Shirley. A Tale. […], volume I, London: Smith, Elder and Co., […], →OCLC, page 15:
- "[…] [I]t would be a nice opportunity for any of his well-wishers to pay him a visit, if they knew how straight the path was made before them." / "I am none of his well-wishers, sir: I don't care for him."
- 1997, Ken Keeler, “El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)”, in The Simpsons, season 8, episode 9, spoken by Moe Szyslak (Hank Azaria):
- I'm a well-wisher, in that I don't wish you any specific harm.
- (obsolete, rare) Followed by to: someone who has an ambition to be or become something.
- 1711 March 18 (Gregorian calendar), Jonathan Swift, “[Dr. Swift’s Journal to Stella.] Letter XVII.”, in Thomas Sheridan and John Nichols, editors, The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, […], new edition, volume XIV, London: […] J[oseph] Johnson, […], published 1801, →OCLC, page 372:
- I never saw your chancellor, nor his chaplain. The latter has a good deal of learning, and is a well wisher to be an author: your chancellor is an excellent man.
someone who extends good wishes to someone else
someone who expresses sympathy to someone else
well-wisher (plural well-wishers)
- (nonce word, rare) Someone who makes a wish at a wishing well.
- 2014, Nancy Atherton, chapter 7, in Aunt Dimity & the Wishing Well (Aunt Dimity series; 19), London: Headline Publishing Group, →ISBN, page 67:
- "I'll put a removable lid on it [a wishing well]," he assured her. "That way, it'll be safe for the nippers, but accessible to, um, well wishers. Have a wish in mind, Bree?"
- 2019, A. A. A. Aardvark [pseudonym; Matthew Holmes], Quit before You’re Fired, and Other Visions through Inertia, [Riverwood, N.S.W.: Matthew Holmes], →ISBN, page 53:
- Maybe I am a wishing well, / I have regular well-wishers / Throwing me a coin. / Only change they throw me / Because they don't expect to see / Any change back.