noun \ˌpä-lē-ˈa-nə\

: someone who thinks good things will always happen and finds something good in everything

Full Definition of POLLYANNA

:  a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything
Pollyanna adjective
Pol·ly·an·na·ish \-ˈa-nə-ish\ also Pol·ly·an·nish \-ˈa-nish\ adjective

Examples of POLLYANNA

  1. I'm no Pollyanna, but I do think some good will come out of this.


Pollyanna, heroine of the novel Pollyanna (1913) by Eleanor Porter †1920 American fiction writer
First Known Use: 1921


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