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

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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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A few years ago, when gel manicures began to rise in popularity, a lot of naysayers insisted that this magical, longwear polish seemed too good to be true. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Gel Nails: 12 Things You Need To Know About Gel Manicures," 17 July 2018 An awkward naysayer like Mr. Bramson might be just what the board needs. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Barclays’s Badly Timed Activist Might Be Good For its Board," 8 Jan. 2019 This clip from her October 2013 nuptials with Brandon Blackstock is so sweet, even true love's most determined naysayers' will get a tooth ache. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson's Gorgeous Wedding Video Will Make You Ugly Cry," 13 Jan. 2019 Though that hasn’t stopped naysayers from trying to bring it down. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power honors and challenges the original She-Ra.," 21 Nov. 2018 Musk told employees in late September that the company was close to proving naysayers wrong. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Wall Street skeptical of Tesla’s promise to post net profit," 23 Oct. 2018 There will be trolls and naysayers and just plan jerks out there. Barbara Boxer And Nicole Boxer, Marie Claire, "Yes, Running for Office Is Risky, But It's Worth It," 9 Oct. 2018 But to your point, presidents aren't judged by the noise or even the silence that is occurring at any one moment or any one week, but the usual critics and naysayers. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway reacts to anonymous 'resistance' NYT op-ed," 5 Sep. 2018 Though naysayers had looked at the abbreviated men’s schedule and lack of star-power (No John Varvatos! Vincent Boucher, The Hollywood Reporter, "New York Men’s Fashion Week Ends on High Note with Todd Snyder Show," 12 July 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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