Definition of yeasayer in US English:



  • 1A person with a positive, confident outlook.

    • ‘Spain and Luxembourg have called a conference of yeasayers in Madrid in mid-January to ask why the nine refuseniks should hold everybody back.’
    • ‘Only the yeasayers were invited to make a presentation.’
    • ‘We tend to be very suspicious of the paid hacks, the yeasayers and naysayers who generally act like a bunch of blackbirds on a telephone wire.’
    • ‘For once, how about looking at the ways that yeasayers do a disservice to theater and the craft of criticism?’
    • ‘There is a third category, the undecided, and of those there are some who lean toward the views of the yeasayers and others who favor the naysayers position.’
    • ‘When people feel irritable about the lack of bounce in the economic rebound; when words like malaise and phrases like triple dip and creeping decrepitude are bruited about - the moment is ripe for yeasayers to pop the pessimists.’
    • ‘Don't glorify the naysayers when the yeasayers have been at the center of progress since the beginning of recorded time’.’
    • ‘These project influencers - both the yeasayers and especially naysayers - are ignored to the peril of the project.’
    • ‘Her words revitalize him, and Adams redoubles his efforts to turn the naysayers into yeasayers.’
    • ‘Researchers using Likert scales reword items to identify yeasayers and naysayers.’
    • ‘In the aftermath of the federal Constitutional Convention, many naysayers became yeasayers in persuading the thirteen states to ratify…’
  • 2A person who always agrees with or is submissive to others.

    • ‘In earlier days agents were transferred to places like Gallup because they had somehow offended J. Edgar Hoover or one of the swarm of yeasayers with which he had manned the upper echelons of his empire.’