from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is discouraging or saddening while seemingly offering sympathy or comfort.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who, in trying to offer help or advice, says something that simply adds to the distress.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a boil.
- n. A boil.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who depresses and discourages under the appearance or with the purpose of consoling.
- n. A boil (in allusion to Job ii. 7).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone whose comfort is actually discouraging
After Job1, whose friends pretended to comfort but actually found fault with him.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Bible Job 16.2 where Job's supposed friends offered advice that was not helpful. (Wiktionary)