negative Nancy

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negative Nancy (plural negative Nancies)

  1. (derogatory, informal) A person who is considered excessively and disagreeably pessimistic.
    • 2001, Sara Jane Sluke, Vanessa Torres, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dealing with Stress for Teens
      "Be wary of being a Negative Nancy."
    • 2002, Angela Winters, Dangerous Memories - Page 133
      "You're being negative Nancy today,"
    • Date uncertain, B. Jain Publishers, Cosmic Love - Page 15
      "Finally, if you tell a Negative Nancy about your secret plans, she might doubt that you'll get your heart's desire."