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 naysayer (audio) \ noun

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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 Publicly, Democrats vented fury at Manchin and his fellow naysayer, Senator Kyrsten Sinema, the eccentric opportunist from Arizona. Andrew Cockburn, Harper’s Magazine , 20 Jan. 2021 During one of the many times when the criticism of Vogel reached a deafening level, James refused to join the naysayer’s chorus. Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 The Moon is in your career sector, urging you to aim upwards, but a tense square with Uranus in your partnership sector could bring a naysayer out of the woodwork without warning. Tarot Astrologers,, 14 Mar. 2022 Understand that sometimes the very best ideas will have the most naysayer. Meimei Fox, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 When a companion sniffed at the idea of my ordering mackerel crudo, an eavesdropping minder swooped in with a taste of the starter — and sold the naysayer on the strong-tasting fish lashed with fruity olive oil. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 But Dickens portrayed Moore as a naysayer and someone who has been unable to work with others. Jeff Amy, USA TODAY, 2 Dec. 2021 Dickens has portrayed Moore as a naysayer, someone who has been unable to work with others. Jeff Amy, ajc, 30 Nov. 2021 To the naysayer, Roger Bacon's 2021 season was just about wrapped up, thanks to the Bishop Hartley Hawks. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, 13 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of naysayer

1721, in the meaning defined above

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“Naysayer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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