Pollyanna

[ pol-ee-an-uh ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈæn ə /

noun

an excessively or blindly optimistic person.

adjective

(often lowercase) Also Pol·ly·an·na·ish. unreasonably or illogically optimistic: some pollyanna notions about world peace.

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Origin of Pollyanna

from the name of the child heroine created by Eleanor Porter (1868–1920), American writer

OTHER WORDS FROM Pollyanna

Pol·ly·an·na·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pollyannaish

Pollyanna
/ (ˌpɒlɪˈænə) /

noun

a person who is constantly or excessively optimistic

Derived forms of Pollyanna

Pollyannaish, adjective

Word Origin for Pollyanna

C20: after the chief character in Pollyanna (1913), a novel by Eleanor Porter (1868–1920), US writer
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Cultural definitions for pollyannaish

Pollyanna

(1913) A children's book by the American author Eleanor H. Porter. The title character is an orphan girl who, despite the difficulties of her life, is always extremely cheerful.

notes for Pollyanna

A “Pollyanna” remains excessively sweet-tempered and optimistic even in adversity.
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