Origin of signifying
verb (used with object), sig·ni·fied, sig·ni·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), sig·ni·fied, sig·ni·fy·ing.
Origin of signify
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'|Marlow Stern|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Tunku Varadarajan|June 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So instead, Republican senators have launched an attack on Hagel filled with sound and fury but signifying very little.
The New New Goatee can be worn at home or at the office, by the hip and unhip alike, signifying, well, just about anything.
Holding his steed with a firm grip, he raised his right hand to the shouting besiegers, signifying that he wished to speak.Legends of the Rhine|Wilhelm Ruland
Frémont understands the name as signifying a trough; while Winthrop interprets it as plates, or slabs, of rock.Oregon and Eldorado|Thomas Bulfinch
The word Eden, signifying pleasure or delight, is expressive of their excellent residence.The Mosaic History of the Creation of the World|Thomas Wood
He turned his face toward her, signifying that he was listening.Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall|Charles Major
There is, however, it seems a term mauther or mother still in use in the Eastern counties, and signifying young girl.
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (when tr, may take a clause as object)
Word Origin for signify
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]