the practice or art of foretelling events.
a prediction or prophecy.

Nearby words

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

Origin of soothsaying

First recorded in 1525–35; sooth + saying



verb (used without object), sooth·said, sooth·say·ing.

to foretell events; predict.

Origin of soothsay

First recorded in 1600–10; back formation from soothsayer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for soothsaying


verb -says, -saying or -said

(intr) to predict the future
Derived Formssoothsaying, noun

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Word Origin and History for soothsaying



c.1600, back-formation from soothsayer. As a noun from 1540s.

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