Gainsay Definition

gān-sā, gānsā
gainsaid, gainsaying, gainsays
gainsaid, gainsaying, gainsays
To deny.
Webster's New World
To contradict.
Webster's New World
To speak or act against; oppose.
Webster's New World
A gainsaying.
Webster's New World

Origin of Gainsay

  • Middle English gainsayen gain- against (from Old English gegn-) sayen to say (from Old English secgan say)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English gainsayen, ȝeinseggen (“to say against, say in opposition to”), equivalent to gain- +‎ say.

    From Wiktionary

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