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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Despite the naysayers, my curious nature was the motivation to investigate these fears. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Here’s What It’s Like To Travel Solo To Egypt As A Black Woman," 5 Nov. 2019 The latter unicorns may yet prove the naysayers wrong. Jessica Powell, Time, "The Problem Is Bigger Than WeWork. Why Wall Street Realized Unicorns Aren't so Magical," 21 Nov. 2019 Apart from a few naysayers, no one believed the endeavor could possibly fail. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Monty Python’ alum takes on tale of doomed Franklin expedition in new book," 14 Sep. 2019 What about the naysayers who warn that your show might not succeed? Kathryn Shattuck, New York Times, "Why Tamron Hall’s Role Model Is Rocky," 30 Aug. 2019 The administration has continued to defend its policies, arguing that Mr. Trump’s trade war will ultimately deliver benefits for the global economy by reforming China’s trading practices, and that naysayers are exaggerating the negative trends. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Survey Shows Broad Opposition to Trump Trade Policies," 19 Sep. 2019 Because naysayers have been dogging the women’s team since the first game of the Women’s World Cup. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Alex Morgan's tea time: No one celebrates like the U.S. women's World Cup team," 3 July 2019 It was taken by critics and naysayers as an indictment of autonomous vehicles. Washington Post, "This crash sounded like an indictment of autonomous vehicles, but the NTSB report tells a different story," 12 July 2019 The issue is, the harmful effects most naysayers are worried about aren’t factually correct. Birmingham Magazine, al, "Birmingham magazine’s Best and Worst of Birmingham," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of naysayer

1721, in the meaning defined above

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10 Dec 2019

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“Naysayer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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