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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.
"Nancy," she said a few minutes later, at the kitchen door, "I found a fly up-stairs in Miss Pollyanna's room.
That is all." And she turned away--Miss Polly's arrangements for the comfort of her niece, Pollyanna, were complete.
Over and over in her mind she was saying it "light hair, red-checked dress, straw hat." 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!
"You--you did?" 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.
Pollyanna paused for breath, and Nancy managed to stammer:
I do, too," nodded Pollyanna, again with that choking little breath.
"But who ARE you?" questioned Pollyanna. "You don't look a bit like a Ladies' Aider!"
"Oh, I'm so glad," exulted Pollyanna. "I love carpets.