Pollyanna

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌpɒliˈænə/
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  • Rhymes: -ænə

Etymology 1[edit]

Polly +‎ Anna

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Pollyanna

  1. A female given name from Hebrew 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

Etymology 2[edit]

From the name of the protagonist in the 1913 novel Pollyanna, by Eleanor Porter.

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Noun[edit]

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.
    • 1930, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin (lyrics and music), “But Not for Me”, performed by Ginger Rogers:
      I never wanna hear / From any cheerful Pollyannas / Who tell you Fate supplies a mate / It's all bananas
    • 2017 November 12, Miranda Sawyer, “Björk: ‘People miss the jokes. A lot of it is me taking the piss out of myself’”, in The Guardian[1]:
      ‘Next time we’re going to have fun, OK?’ I wanted this album to go towards the light. You indulge in the grief to a certain point, but then you have to be a little bit Pollyanna.”
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Etymology 3[edit]

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Noun[edit]

Pollyanna (plural Pollyannas)

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

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