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Pol·ly·an·na

 (pŏl′ē-ăn′ə)
n.
A person regarded as being foolishly or blindly optimistic.

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

Pollyanna

(ˌpɒlɪˈænə)
n
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

Pol•ly•an•na

(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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Pollyanna

noun
One who expects a favorable outcome or dwells on hopeful aspects:
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Pollyanna

[pɒlɪˈænə] Noptimista mf redomado/a
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