verb (used with or without object), o·pined, o·pin·ing.

to hold or express an opinion.

Origin of opine

First recorded in 1575–85, opine is from the Latin word opīnārī to think, deem
Related formsun·o·pined, adjective
Can be confusedopine opinion

Synonyms for opine

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Contemporary Examples of opined

Historical Examples of opined

  • Mr Sparkler opined that he painted anything, if he could get the job.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • The boy grinned bashfully and opined the magnate just mentioned was "all right."


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "Ye can always thrash an impudent fellow," opined the adjutant.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Clearly he was recovering, from which Garnache opined with regret that his blow had been too light.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

  • He must be dealt with out of hand, Trenchard opined, and dealt with ruthlessly.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for opined



(when tr, usually takes a clause as object) to hold or express an opinionhe opined that it was all a sad mistake

Word Origin for opine

C16: from Latin opīnārī
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Word Origin and History for opined



"express an opinion," mid-15c., from Middle French opiner (15c.) and directly from Latin opinari "have an opinion, be of opinion, suppose, conjecture, think, judge," perhaps related to optare "to desire, choose" (see option). Related: Opined; opining.

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