nay·​say·​er ˈnā-ˌsā-ər How to pronounce naysayer (audio)
: one who denies, refuses, opposes, or is skeptical or cynical about something
There are always naysayers who say it can't be done.
nay-saying 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
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Word History

First Known Use

1721, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of naysayer was in 1721

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“Naysayer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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