Pollyanna

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Polly +‎ Anna

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Pollyanna

  1. A female given name derived from Polly and Anna; rare in the real world.
    • 2014 Dot and the Waves, page 10
      Pollyanna Pocket was small, with long floppy ears and a tail that coiled upwards in a little ringlet. She was a bouncy, happy young dog, who frolicked all day

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The sense of a persistent optimist comes from the name of the protagonist in the book Polly Anna, by Eleanor Porter.

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Pollyanna (plural Pollyannas)

  1. One who is persistently cheerful and optimistic, even when given cause not to be so.
    You call her an optimist, but I call her an obnoxious Pollyanna.

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Noun[edit]

Pollyanna (plural Pollyannas)

  1. (colloquial, US, Southeastern Pennsylvania) A secret Santa gift exchange.