[ op-tuh-mist ]
/ ˈɒp tə mɪst /


an optimistic person.
a person who holds the belief or the doctrine of optimism.

Origin of optimist

1760–70; < French optimiste < Latin optim(um) (see optimum) + French -iste -ist

Related forms

an·ti·op·ti·mist, noun, adjectiveo·ver·op·ti·mist, nounsu·per·op·ti·mist, noun

Can be confused

cynic optimist pessimist skeptic
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