Origin of signifying
- to be of importance or consequence.
Origin of signify
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Examples from the Web for signifying
David Foster Wallace even named a chapter in his tome Brief Interviews with Hideous Men “Signifying Nothing.”James Franco and Scott Haze on 'The Sound and the Fury' and Gawker 'Outing' Them As A 'Couple'
September 6, 2014
It was a cosmic rout, signifying the end of an order, even the death of Spanish football as it is currently played.Dutch Treat: The Netherlands Sinks Spain In World Cup 2014
June 13, 2014
So instead, Republican senators have launched an attack on Hagel filled with sound and fury but signifying very little.Anti-Hagel GOP Effort Turns Farce
February 11, 2013
If the Arabs had just accepted Zionism (signifying their own dispossession), then World War II might have turned out differently.Wilf’s Colonialism Denial
April 20, 2012
The New New Goatee can be worn at home or at the office, by the hip and unhip alike, signifying, well, just about anything.What Does a Goatee Say About You?
November 12, 2009
She pointed toward the door, signifying that we were to go with her.
An answer was returned, signifying that the Prince's commands should be obeyed.Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745
At last one of them made a motion to his mouth, signifying they were "hungry."Three Years on the Plains
Edmund B. Tuttle
He then held up two, signifying that the Father should not be divided from the Son.Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II.
The name "formic" is derived from the Latin formica, signifying ant.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
- (tr) to indicate, show, or suggest
- (tr) to imply or portendthe clouds signified the coming storm
- (tr) to stand as a symbol, sign, etc (for)
- (intr) informal to be significant or important
Word Origin and History for signifying
late 13c., "be a sign of, indicate, mean," from Old French signifier (12c.), from Latin significare "to make signs, show by signs, point out, express; mean, signify; foreshadow, portend," from significus (adj.), from signum "sign" (see sign (n.)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Intransitive sense of "to be of importance" is attested from 1660s. Meaning "engage in mock-hostile banter" is American English black slang first recorded 1932.
...'signifying,' which in Harlemese means making a series of oblique remarks apparently addressed to no one in particular, but unmistakable in intention in such a close-knit circle. ["Down Beat," March 7, 1968]