Pollyanna

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noun Pol·ly·an·na \ˌpä-lē-ˈa-nə\

Definition of Pollyanna

  1. :  a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything

Pollyanna

adjective

Pollyannaish

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Pollyannish

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Examples of pollyanna in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of pollyanna

Pollyanna, heroine of the novel Pollyanna (1913) by Eleanor Porter †1920 American fiction writer


POLLYANNA Defined for English Language Learners

Pollyanna

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Definition of Pollyanna for English Language Learners

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

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