- to deny, dispute, or contradict.
- to speak or act against; oppose.
Origin of gainsay
Examples from the Web for gainsayer
Historical Examples of gainsayer
Nor is it open to the gainsayer to contend that they were kings indeed but of some chance city.Agesilaus
But the official records are at hand, and will be furnished any gainsayer.A Defence of Virginia
Robert L. Dabney
You need no other proof of this but experience, to stop the mouth of any gainsayer.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)
My words may seem a jest to the gainsayer, but I call the god Mut to witness that what I say is true.Archology and the Bible
George A. Barton
If, again, it is objected that in any case the lady's gift was money thrown away, it is not so easy to convince the gainsayer.William de Colchester
Ernest Harold Pearce
- (tr) archaic, or literary to deny (an allegation, a statement, etc); contradict
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.