Origin of optimist

1760–70; < French optimiste < Latin optim(um) (see optimum) + French -iste -ist
Related formsan·ti·op·ti·mist, noun, adjectiveo·ver·op·ti·mist, nounsu·per·op·ti·mist, noun
Can be confusedcynic optimist pessimist skeptic
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Related Words for optimists

idealist, dreamer, hoper, Pollyanna

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Contemporary Examples of optimists

Historical Examples of optimists

  • He and I are supposed to be the two optimists of the Division.

  • There will always be optimists in the countries where "the standards of living are high."

    Suspended Judgments

    John Cowper Powys

  • Some lucky fellows remember the good only; we call them optimists.

    The Hill

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • Mr. Durance had prophesied a wailful end ever to the carol of Optimists!

  • They take the place of thinking, and are highly useful to optimists and lecturers.

    The Job

    Sinclair Lewis

Word Origin and History for optimists



1759, from French optimiste (1752); see optimism + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper