Pollyanna

Pollyanna

[pol-ee-an-uh]
noun
1.
an excessively or blindly optimistic person.
adjective
2.
(often lowercase) . Also, Pollyannaish. unreasonably or illogically optimistic: some pollyanna notions about world peace.

Origin:
from the name of the child heroine created by Eleanor Porter (1868–1920), American writer

Pollyannaism, noun
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Pollyanna (ˌpɒlɪˈænə)
 
n
a person who is constantly or excessively optimistic
 
[C20: after the chief character in Pollyanna (1913), a novel by Eleanor Porter (1868--1920), US writer]
 
Pollyannaish
 
adj

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Pollyanna
"one who finds cause for gladness in the most difficult situations," 1921, in allusion to Pollyanna Whittier, child heroine of U.S. novelist Eleanor Hodgman Porter's "Pollyanna" (1913) and "Pollyanna Grows Up" (1915), noted for keeping her chin up during disasters.
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Pollyanna definition


(1913) A children's book by the American author Eleanor H. Porter. The title character is an orphan girl who, despite the difficulties of her life, is always extremely cheerful.

Note: A “Pollyanna” remains excessively sweet-tempered and optimistic even in adversity.
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