- To gainsay is defined as to oppose, deny or say something is false.
An example of to gainsay is to go against a popular opinion.
gainsay definition by Webster's New World
- to deny
- to contradict
- to speak or act against; oppose
Origin: Middle English geinseggen ; from gein- ; from Old English gegn, against (see again) plush secgan (see say)
- gainsayer noun
gainsay definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb gain·said , gain·say·ing, gain·says
- To declare false; deny. See Synonyms at deny.
- To oppose, especially by contradiction.
Origin: Middle English gainsayen : gain-, against (from Old English gegn-) + sayen, to say (from Old English secgan; see say).
- gain·sayˈer noun