adjective see Pollyanna

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pollyannish — pol·ly·an·nish …   English syllables

  • pollyannish — adjective see pollyannaish * * * pollyannˈaish or pollyannˈish adjective • • • Main Entry: ↑pollyanna …   Useful english 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

  • idealistic — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. lofty, exalted, utopian, unrealistic; see impractical , visionary 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. unrealistic, visionary, optimistic, utopian, Pollyannish, dreaming, romantic, naive. ANT.: realistic, skeptical,… …   English dictionary for students

  • optimistic — I (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Inclined to hope for the best, or to expect it] Syn. positive, cheerful, sanguine, assured; see confident 3 , hopeful 1 , trusting 2 . 2. [Predicting improvement] Syn. promising, cheering, encouraging; see hopeful 2 . II …   English dictionary for students

  • Pollyanna — ☆ Pollyanna [päl΄ē an′ə ] n. [name of the young heroine of novels by Eleanor H. Porter (1868 1920), U.S. writer] an excessively or persistently optimistic person Pollyannaish [päl΄ēan′ə ish] adj. Pollyanna ish Pollyannish [päl΄ēan′ish] adj …   English World dictionary

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