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A person regarded as being foolishly or blindly optimistic.

[After the heroine of the novel Pollyanna, , by Eleanor Hodgman Porter (1868-1920), American writer.]


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]
ˌPollyˈannaish, ˌpollyˈannish adj


(ˌpɒl iˈæn ə)

n., pl. -nas.
an excessively optimistic person.
[1920–25, Amer.; from the child heroine created by Eleanor Porter (1868–1920), U.S. writer]
Pol`ly•an′na•ish, adj.
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One who expects a favorable outcome or dwells on hopeful aspects:


[pɒlɪˈænə] Noptimista mf redomado/a
References in classic literature ?
In due time came the telegram announcing that Pollyanna would arrive in Beldingsville the next day, the twenty-fifth of June, at four o'clock.
And she turned away--Miss Polly's arrangements for the comfort of her niece, Pollyanna, were complete.
Over and over again she was wondering just what sort of child this Pollyanna was, anyway.
Of course I'm Pollyanna, and I'm so glad you came to meet me
stammered Nancy, vaguely wondering how Pollyanna could possibly have known her--and wanted her.
The three were off at last, with Pollyanna's trunk in behind, and Pollyanna herself snugly ensconced between Nancy and Timothy.
I hope 'tis--I love to ride," sighed Pollyanna, as the wheels began to turn.
I do, too," nodded Pollyanna, again with that choking little breath.
she vowed, as she turned and led Pollyanna up the broad steps.
My mother Elizabeth, 65, was excited to meet the latest addition and, along with my two-year-old daughter Pollyanna, we set out from my house in south London to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, just a few miles away.