adjective see Pollyanna

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Pollyannaish — adjective unreasonably optimistic See Also: Pollyanna …   Wiktionary

  • Pollyannaish — adj. optimistic, cheerful, upbeat …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pollyannaish — pol·ly·an·na·ish …   English syllables

  • pollyannaish — adjective pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic • Syn: ↑cheerful, ↑upbeat • Similar to: ↑optimistic • Derivationally related forms: ↑cheerfulness (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • -ish — adjective suffix Etymology: Middle English, from Old English isc; akin to Old High German isc, ish, Greek iskos, diminutive suffix 1. of, relating to, or being chiefly in adjectives indicating nationality or ethnic group < Finnish > 2. a.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Pollyanna — noun Etymology: Pollyanna, heroine of the novel Pollyanna (1913) by Eleanor Porter died 1920 American fiction writer Date: 1921 a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything • Pollyanna adjective •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Pollyanna — For other uses, see Pollyanna (disambiguation) infobox Book | name = Pollyanna author = Eleanor H. Porter publisher = L.C. Page release date = 1913 english release date = media type = Print (Hardback Paperback) pages = 310 pp isbn = ISBN 1 55748… …   Wikipedia

  • Pollyanna — Pollyannaism, n. /pol ee an euh/, n. 1. an excessively or blindly optimistic person. adj. 2. (often l.c.) Also, Pollyannaish. unreasonably or illogically optimistic: some pollyanna notions about world peace. [from the name of the child heroine… …   Universalium

  • Pollyannaishly — adverb In a Pollyannaish way; with irrational optimism. Albert Casey, head of the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC), has even suggested (perhaps Pollyannaishly) that as little as $25 billion additional federal resources may be needed to finish… …   Wiktionary

  • hopeful — I (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Optimistic] Syn. expectant, assured, sanguine, buoyant, enthusiastic, trustful, reassured, emboldened, full of hope, faithful, cheerful, anticipative, anticipating, trusting, inspirited, expecting, anticipatory, at ease …   English dictionary for students

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