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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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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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 The defender has a lot to prove, and will hope to answer the naysayers with consistently great performances this upcoming season., "Arsenal's Unai Emery Reportedly Views Barcelona Target Hector Bellerin as a Key Member of His Squad," 5 July 2018 Where are all the naysayers who peppered your Viewpoint column with mindless criticism of the Dodgers in recent weeks?, "Letters: There's no quit in Dodgers fans, unless the traffic is bad," 8 June 2018 For the most part, all the naysayers have come around to see that a horse that did not race as a 2-year-old can, in fact, be the best horse in the country as a 3-year-old. Liam Durbin,, "How to bet the 2018 Belmont Stakes," 7 June 2018 All of these professionals committed themselves to continuing improvement, to attaining the reality of zero fatalities, to doing what the naysayers said could not be done. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Why aviation was so safe in 2017," 7 Jan. 2018 When some naysayers criticized her short hairstyle, Z hit back with the best, classiest response EVER! Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Zendaya Slams Haters who Criticized Her BET Awards Hairstyle in the Best, Most Hilarious Way," 29 June 2015 The Helios and Matheson CEO is unbothered by naysayers. Sarah Toy And Emily Bary, WSJ, "The Spectacular Rise and Fall of MoviePass," 9 July 2018 The more time passes, the more the naysayers come around (or die out). Jeff Stibel, USA TODAY, "How much time on mobile phones and online is bad for your mental health?," 26 Feb. 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

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

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