Definition of Pollyanna in English:


Syllabification: Pol·ly·an·na
Pronunciation: /ˌpälēˈanə


An excessively cheerful or optimistic person.
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  • The rallying dollar, sinking crude, and surging financial stocks do today create a rather inspiring backdrop for the optimists and Pollyannas.
  • Does this mean that we all should be brainless Pollyannas, cheerfully accepting whatever comes down the line?
  • Those whose cup is half full are the world's optimists, the Pollyannas and the kind of people to be avoided at all costs, particularly at parties.


early 20th century: the name of the optimistic heroine created by Eleanor Hodgman Porter (1868–1920), American author of children's stories.



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  • As you can see from my summation, this is an optimistic work, but thanks to focused direction by Bridget Ryan and a measured, intelligent, and believable script, this production manages to be upbeat without being Pollyannaish or maudlin.
  • Does this mean that active learning is, as Mattson characterizes it, an idealistic sham perpetuated by Pollyannaish administrators and workshop facilitators?
  • It may seem Pollyannaish to find anything positive about the current political landscape, but this could be seen as a moment of opportunity for progressives.


Pronunciation: /-ˌizəm/
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  • And I know my pollyannaism is rampant but, I think life is almost this perfect.
  • In short, people who display a tendency to Pollyannaism believe their own hype.

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