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From the donkey in A.A. Milne's books Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner.


  • IPA(key): /ˈiː.jɔː(ɹ)/
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Eeyore (plural Eeyores)

  1. (figuratively) An excessively negative or pessimistic person.
    • 1989, Terry Jones, Erik the Viking, Hal Leonard Corporation, 1990, →ISBN, pg. 39:
      SVEN nods toward SNORRI THE MISERABLE - an Eeyore of a Viking if ever there were one.
    • 2003, The Resurrection of the Son of God, Volume 3 of Christian origins and the question of God, Nicholas Thomas Wright, Fortress Press, →ISBN, pg. 108:
      Ecclesiastes, who sometimes seems to cast himself as the Eeyore of the Old Testament, would simply shrug his shoulders and tell you to make the best of what you had.
    • 2008, Steven Haines, The Product Manager's Desk Reference, McGraw-Hill Professional, →ISBN pg. 99:
      You can't succeed as a Pollyanna or an Eeyore in the Product Management role — the glass is neither half full nor half empty, simply something that must eventually be washed.

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