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See also: eeyorish


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From the character Eeyore (in AA Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh) +‎ -ish.



Eeyorish (comparative more Eeyorish, superlative most Eeyorish)

  1. (chiefly Britain) Very gloomy or pessimistic. [from 20th c.]
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 384:
      More important for Brienne than the king's disengagement and eeyorish bad temper, however, was the consistency of the queen's favour.
    • 2006, Marina Hyde, The Guardian, 28 Oct 2006:
      We all know how that particular story ended, of course, and while Her late Majesty never had to suffer the indignity of opening up the accounts from which the project was funded, it could be argued that the occasional brush with realism - however aesthetically distasteful - would do our Eeyorish prince no harm.
    • 2015, Dominic Sandbrook, The Great British Dream Factory, Penguin 2016, p. xxi:
      The Great Exhibition and the Festival of Britain, declared one Eeyorish historian in the Daily Mail, had been ‘celebrations of the best in education, art and design, temples to technology and industry’.


  • OED 2006