soothsayer

[sooth-sey-er]

noun

a person who professes to foretell events.

Nearby words

  1. soothfastly,
  2. soothing,
  3. soothingly,
  4. soothly,
  5. soothsay,
  6. soothsaying,
  7. sooty,
  8. sooty blotch,
  9. sooty grouse,
  10. sooty mold

Origin of soothsayer

First recorded in 1300–50, soothsayer is from the Middle English word sothseyere, sothseyer. See sooth, say1, -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for soothsayer

soothsayer

noun

a seer or prophet
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Word Origin and History for soothsayer

soothsayer

n.

mid-14c., zoþ ziggere (Kentish), "one who speaks truth,;" late 14c., sothseggere, "fortune-teller;" see sooth + say. Old English had soðsagu "act of speaking the truth."

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