naysayer

[ ney-sey-er ]
/ ˈneɪˌseɪ ər /

noun

a person who habitually expresses negative or pessimistic views: Despite a general feeling that things were going well, a few naysayers tried to cast gloom.

Nearby words

  1. nay,
  2. nay pyi taw,
  3. naya paisa,
  4. nayarit,
  5. naysay,
  6. nazarene,
  7. nazarenes,
  8. nazareth,
  9. nazarite,
  10. nazca

Origin of naysayer

First recorded in 1715–25; nay + say1 + -er1

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Word Origin and History for naysayer

naysayer

n.

1721, from verb naysay (implied from 1530s in naysaying); from nay + say (v.). Nay-say "refusal" is from 1630s.

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