Pol·​ly·​an·​na | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈa-nə How to pronounce Pollyanna (audio) \

Definition of Pollyanna

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

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Pollyanna adjective
Pollyannaish \ ˌpä-​lē-​ˈa-​nə-​ish How to pronounce Pollyanna (audio) \ or less commonly Pollyannish \ ˌpä-​lē-​ˈa-​nish How to pronounce Pollyanna (audio) \ adjective

Examples of Pollyanna in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of Pollyanna

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Pollyanna

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

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“Pollyanna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pollyanna. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of Pollyanna

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

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