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Monday, January 02, 2017

Definitions for yeasayer

  1. a person with an optimistic and confident outlook.
  2. a person who habitually agrees with or is submissive to others.

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Citations for yeasayer
But sorrow never lasts to the end of a Beethoven composition. He was the defier of fate, the great yea-sayer, and presently the music was like the wind running over a meadow of flowers, superlative happiness infinitely multiplied. Upton Sinclair, The Return of Lanny Budd, 1953
To be a yea-sayer is both the noblest dream and the subtlest temptation of the satirist. Melvin Maddocks, "An Acid Romance by an Aging 'Angry,'" Life, March 14, 1969
Origin of yeasayer
1915-1920
Yeasayer entered English in the 1910s. It is an alteration of naysayer, a term with an opposite meaning, which predates yeasayer by about 200 years. Yea has been used in English since before 900 and means “yes.”