verb (used with object), gain·said, gain·say·ing.
- gainsborough, thomas,
Origin of gainsay
Examples from the Web for gainsaid
It cannot be gainsaid, it cannot be altered, time itself cannot assuage its rigors.The Terms of Surrender|Louis Tracy
He might have passed for an itinerant merchant, yet there was something in his countenance which gainsaid this supposition.The Hill of Venus|Nathan Gallizier
If this be true, and that it is cannot be gainsaid, the sooner the transfer is made the better.Porto Rico|Arthur D. Hall
Only the discoveries of recent years have brought proof too positive to be gainsaid.
The tongue can run all whithers and talk all wise; it can go here and there, and as a man says, so shall he be gainsaid.The Iliad|Homer
verb -says, -saying or -said
Word Origin for gainsay
"contradict," c.1300, literally "say against," from Old English gegn- "against" (see again) + say (v.). "Solitary survival of a once common prefix" [Weekley], which was used to form such now-obsolete compounds as gain-taking "taking back again," gainclap "a counterstroke," gainbuy "redeem," and gainstand "to oppose." Related: Gainsaid; gainsaying.