from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A person regarded as being foolishly or blindly optimistic.
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- proper noun A female
given namederived from Pollyand Anna; rare in the real world.
- noun One who is persistently cheerful and optimistic, even when given cause not to be so.
- noun colloquial, US A
secret Santagift exchange.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Before reading the book, I didn't realize it existed, and I agree, the meaning of pollyanna strays from the behavior of Pollyanna in the book.
"PollyANna!" gasped the lady; but Pollyanna was gone, and only the distant bang of the attic-stairway door answered for her.
Maybe it's a cop-out, but Pollyanna is the perfect antidote, at times, to my troubled world vision.
But he is completely out of touch with reality and completely stuck in Pollyanna land, suggesting that we need to stay in Iraq indefinitely and that things are going so well
Of course, this could all just be my friggin 'Pollyanna complex kicking in, and I'm just trying to find a bright side ... posted by Candace at 11/23/2005 11: 38: 00 PM
But, at the risk of being called a Pollyanna, let me give you the good news.
Several times I've been called a Pollyanna, and I say, "Well, if I am, I'm proud of it."
I don't mean this as some sort of a "Pollyanna" platitude, but as a serious reflection on our world and who we are becoming at this particular time in human history.
Sure, this sounds like 'Pollyanna' ... but what will it hurt to dedicate one part of ourselves to getting better, smarter, faster ... kinder, stronger, wiser ... each day, even as we nurse whatever failures, fears or faults we choose to continue to acknowledge?
Nowadays, "Pollyanna" has morphed into a term meaning someone who has a superficial, naïve, rose-colored-glasses view of the world.