- The definition of a saying is something that has been said, like a motto or catch phrase.
An example of a saying is this quote by John F. Kennedy "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."
- Saying means telling.
An example of saying is telling someone what happened yesterday.
- the act of one who says
- something said; esp., an adage, proverb, or maxim
- Present participle of say.
say +"Ž -ing
Variant of say
transitive verbsaid, saying, says
- to utter, pronounce, or speak
- to express in words; state; declare; tell
- to state positively, with assurance, or as an opinion: who can say what will be?
- to indicate or show: the clock says ten
- to recite; repeat: to say one's prayers
- to estimate; assume; hypothesize: he is, I'd say, forty
- to allege; report: people say he's angry
- to communicate (an idea, feeling, etc.): a painting that says nothing
Origin of sayMiddle English seien (; from origin, originally 3d person; personal (grammar) singular , present tense indicative ), seggen ; from Old English secgan, akin to sagu, a saying, tale (ON saga), German sagen, to say ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sekw-, to note, see, show, say (from source see, Classical Latin inseque (imper.), tell!), origin, originally , to follow from source Classical Latin sequi
- a chance to speak: to have one's say
- power or authority, as to make or help make a final decision: often with the
- Archaic what a person says; dictum
- for example: any fish, say perch
- about; nearly: costing, say, 10 dollars
go without saying
that is to say
to say the least
you can say that again!