Origin of saying
Synonyms for saying
verb (used with object), said, say·ing.
verb (used without object), said, say·ing.
Origin of say1
verb (used with object), noun British Dialect.
Origin of say2
Examples from the Web for saying
Contemporary Examples of saying
Leapolitan responded by saying, “hopefully youll [sic] bite into a poison apple.”Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem
January 9, 2015
Scalise spoke briefly, adding little of substance, saying that the people back home know him best.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
In other words, the Air Force is saying that its drone force has been stretched to its limits.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says
January 5, 2015
They liked what Duke was saying and were willing to look beyond what little they knew of his past.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
I remember that after the movie, people were saying how depressing it was, and I started an argument with them.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Historical Examples of saying
At length the servant returned, saying his master was now ready to see them.
Eudora took it with a deep blush, saying, "Aspasia gave it to me."
Then I heard a voice, saying, 'Lo, the soul seeketh to ascend!'
That seemed short enough—but after studying it, I says, What's the use of saying 'eat'?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I thanked her; and she withdrew to read them; saying, she would return them, when she had.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
verb says (sɛz), saying or said (mainly tr)
Word Origin for say
Word Origin for say
"utterance, recitation, action of the verb 'say,' " c.1300, verbal noun from say (v.); meaning "something that has been said" (usually by someone thought important) is from c.1300; sense of "a proverb" is first attested mid-15c.
Ça va sans dire, a familiar French locution, whose English equivalent might be "that is a matter of course," or "that may be taken for granted." But recently it has become the tendency to translate it literally, "that goes without saying," and these words, though originally uncouth and almost unmeaning to the unpractised ear, are gradually acquiring the exact meaning of the French. [Walsh, 1892]
Old English secgan "to utter, inform, speak, tell, relate," from Proto-Germanic *sagjanan (cf. Old Saxon seggian, Old Norse segja, Danish sige, Old Frisian sedsa, Middle Dutch segghen, Dutch zeggen, Old High German sagen, German sagen "to say"), from PIE *sokwyo-, from root *sekw- (3) "to say, utter" (cf. Hittite shakiya- "to declare," Lithuanian sakyti "to say," Old Church Slavonic sociti "to vindicate, show," Old Irish insce "speech," Old Latin inseque "to tell say").
Past tense said developed from Old English segde. Not attested in use with inanimate objects (clocks, signs, etc.) as subjects before 1930. You said it "you're right" first recorded 1919; you can say that again as a phrase expressing agreement is recorded from 1942, American English. You don't say (so) as an expression of astonishment (often ironic) is first recorded 1779, American English.
"what someone says," 1570s, from say (v.). Meaning "right or authority to influence a decision" is from 1610s. Extended form say-so is first recorded 1630s. Cf. Old English secge "speech."
In addition to the idioms beginning with say
- say a mouthful
- say grace
- say one's piece
- says who?
- say the word
- say uncle
- before you can say Jack Robinson
- cry (say) uncle
- do as I say
- give (say) the word
- go without (saying)
- have a say in
- I dare say
- I'll say
- needless to say
- never say die
- never say never
- not to mention (say nothing of)
- on one's say-so
- strange to say
- suffice it to say
- that is (to say)
- to say the least
- you can say that again
- you don't say
Also see undersaid.