[ pol-ee-an-uh ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈæn ə /
an excessively or blindly optimistic person.
(often lowercase) Also Pol·ly·an·na·ish. unreasonably or illogically optimistic: some pollyanna notions about world peace.
Origin of Pollyanna
from the name of the child heroine created by Eleanor Porter (1868–1920), American writer
Related formsPol·ly·an·na·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pollyannaism
/ (ˌpɒlɪˈænə) /
a person who is constantly or excessively optimistic
Derived FormsPollyannaish, 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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Culture definitions for pollyannaism
(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.
A “Pollyanna” remains excessively sweet-tempered and optimistic even in adversity.
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