nay·​say·​er | \ ˈnā-ˌsā-ər How to pronounce naysayer (audio) , -ˌser \

Definition of naysayer

: one who denies, refuses, opposes, or is skeptical or cynical about something There are always naysayers who say it can't be done.

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nay-saying \ ˈnā-​ˌsā-​iŋ How to pronounce nay-saying (audio) \ noun

Examples of naysayer in a Sentence

There are always naysayers who say it can't be done. those naysayers who attack the integrity of the entire judicial system
Recent Examples on the Web Forget the doomsters and the naysayers, and the investment-bank analysts with their tricky questions about balance-sheet strength and cashflow. The Economist, "Bartleby An inspiring holiday message," 18 Dec. 2019 Colorado took up an identity with the interminable pest as its season went off the rails, becoming the ‘cucarachas’, a gross metaphor for the team’s resilience amid all the losing and naysayers. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman: The “Cucarachas” must be exterminated for the Rockies to be taken seriously in 2020," 24 Sep. 2019 Among those naysayers, 20 percent volunteered that the climate began warming before humans came along, and another 15 percent said humans have no control or play only a small part in the phenomenon. Anchorage Daily News, "Poll: Americans broadly accept climate science, but many are fuzzy on the details," 9 Dec. 2019 Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Pierce Brosnan came out in force for Field, who’s spent her career busting stereotypes and silencing naysayers with her sheer force of will and acting prowess. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Billboard, "Earth, Wind & Fire Becomes First African-American Group Inducted Into Kennedy Center Honors," 9 Dec. 2019 The latest gin ad received positive support from Peloton ad naysayers on Twitter. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Star of viral Peloton commercial appears in new ad — this time for gin," 7 Dec. 2019 Rules stifle naysayers who might rein in gullible or overly exuberant investors. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "Plunge in 3 Hong Kong Stocks Offers a Cautionary Tale," 1 Dec. 2019 Still, proving the doubters and naysayers wrong while pursuing a buck is part of the American dream too. The Economist, "Who wants to go to a giant shopping mall?," 28 Nov. 2019 But what gets lost in that mess is that journalists aren’t just naysayers and scolds. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Crypto Needs Journalists More Than It Wants to Admit," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of naysayer

1721, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jan 2020

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“Naysayer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of naysayer

formal : a person who says something will not work or is not possible : a person who denies, refuses, or opposes something

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