nay·​say·​er | \ ˈnā-ˌsā-ər , -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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Other Words from naysayer

nay-saying \ ˈnā-​ˌsā-​iŋ \ noun

Synonyms for naysayer


cynic, misanthrope, pessimist

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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

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Even the naysayers commended López on a powerful campaign, her team says. Jackie Fielder, Teen Vogue, "Gabriela López Just Became the Youngest Elected Official in San Francisco," 11 Jan. 2019 But before all the tours and albums and receiving worldwide fandom, Susan first had to overcome her naysayers and doubters — including the show's judges at the time Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, and Piers Morgan. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Untold Story of 'AGT' Star Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" Audition," 19 Dec. 2018 Eventually, some sniping naysayer might say these comments seem pretty vapid. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "How to use Instagram like an appropriation artist," 18 Oct. 2018 Of course, there are naysayers that like to bring up the disturbing Stockholm Syndrome allusions in the 1991 cartoon and its recent adaptation, but the original fairytale that inspired the two recent film adaptations is even more disturbing. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "The Real Story Behind 'Beauty and the Beast' Is Nothing Like the Movie You Love," 30 Mar. 2017 But her argument about experience could also be her biggest weakness as a small number of naysayers and new incumbents want a new face of House Democrats. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "All the Democrats running for top spots in the House," 15 Nov. 2018 The naysayers have gone quiet because, 30 years later, the Air Raid has taken over the NFL. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Tiny Iowa College That Changed the NFL," 23 Oct. 2018 When naysayers talk about bottlenecks and things going wrong, what’s really happening is simple troubleshooting. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 2018 For all the naysayers who think rosé season ended on Labor Day, Gigi Hadid has some news for you. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Gigi Hadid's Brandon Maxwell Rosé Bag Is a Serious Mood," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of naysayer

1721, in the meaning defined above

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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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