noun Date: 1721 one who denies, refuses, opposes, or is skeptical or cynical about something • nay-saying noun

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  • naysayer — (n.) 1721, from verb naysay (implied from 1530s in naysaying); from NAY (Cf. nay) + SAY (Cf. say) (v.). Nay say refusal is from 1630s …   Etymology dictionary

  • naysayer — [n] pessimist complainer, cynic, defeatist, downer, gloomy, killjoy*, misanthrope, party pooper*, prophet of doom*, sourpuss*, wet blanket*; concepts 412,423 …   New thesaurus

  • naysayer — [nā′sā΄ər] n. [ NAY + SAY + ER] one who opposes, refuses, or denies, esp. habitually …   English World dictionary

  • naysayer — /nay say euhr/, n. a person who habitually expresses negative or pessimistic views: Despite a general feeling that things were going well, a few naysayers tried to cast gloom. [1715 25; NAY + SAY1 + ER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • naysayer — noun One who consistently denies, criticizes, or doubts; a detractor. He ignored the naysayers and succeeded with his idea. Ant: yea sayer …   Wiktionary

  • naysayer — Synonyms and related words: anomaly, bitter ender, brawler, crosspatch, defeatist, defendant, denier, diehard, disputant, dissenter, dissentient, dissident, freak, individualist, inner directed person, intransigent, irreconcilable, last ditcher,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • naysayer — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. pessimist, oppositionist, dissenter, opponent, critic, prophet of doom, defeatist …   English dictionary for students

  • naysayer — nay|say|er [ neı,seıər ] noun count FORMAL someone who always thinks of reasons to oppose new ideas or solutions to problems …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • naysayer — n. one who refuses, one who says no …   English contemporary dictionary

  • naysayer — nay•say•er [[t]ˈneɪˌseɪ ər[/t]] n. cvb a person who habitually expresses negative or pessimistic views • Etymology: 1715–25 nay′say , v.t. said, say•ing …   From formal English to slang

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