naysayer

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Etymology[edit]

Origin: 1715–1725, from nay + say +‎ -er, equivalent to naysay +‎ -er. First recorded use: 1721.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈneɪ.ˌseɪ.ə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈneɪ.ˌseɪ.ɚ/
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  • Hyphenation: nay‧say‧er

Noun[edit]

naysayer (plural naysayers)

  1. One who consistently denies, criticizes, or doubts; a detractor.
    He ignored the naysayers and succeeded with his idea.

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