story

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[stawr-ee, stohr-ee]
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noun, plural sto·ries.

verb (used with object), sto·ried, sto·ry·ing.

to ornament with pictured scenes, as from history or legend.
Obsolete. to tell the history or story of.

Origin of story

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1175–1225; Middle English storie < Anglo-French estorie < Latin historia history
Related formssto·ry·less, adjective

Synonyms for story

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Historical Examples of storyless

  • What riches of story has not York to browbeat withal the storyless New-Yorker who visits her!

    Seven English Cities

    William Dean Howells


British Dictionary definitions for storyless

story

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noun plural -ries

a narration of a chain of events told or written in prose or verse
Also called: short story a piece of fiction, briefer and usually less detailed than a novel
Also called: story line the plot of a book, film, etc
an event that could be the subject of a narrative
a report or statement on a matter or event
the event or material for such a report
informal a lie, fib, or untruth
cut a long story short or make a long story short to leave out details in a narration
the same old story informal the familiar or regular course of events
the story goes it is commonly said or believed

verb -ries, -rying or -ried (tr)

to decorate (a pot, wall, etc) with scenes from history or legends

Word Origin for story

C13: from Anglo-French estorie, from Latin historia; see history

story

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noun plural -ries

another spelling (esp US) of storey
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Word Origin and History for storyless

story

n.1

"account of some happening," early 13c., "narrative of important events or celebrated persons of the past," from Old French estorie, from Late Latin storia and Latin historia "history, account, tale, story" (see history). Meaning "recital of true events" first recorded late 14c.; sense of "narrative of fictitious events meant to entertain" is from c.1500. Not differentiated from history till 1500s. As a euphemism for "a lie" it dates from 1690s. Meaning "newspaper article" is from 1892. Story-teller is from 1709. Story-line first attested 1941. That's another story "that requires different treatment" is attested from 1818. Story of my life "sad truth" first recorded 1938.

story

n.2

"floor of a building," c.1400, from Anglo-Latin historia "floor of a building" (c.1200), also "picture," from Latin historia (see history). Perhaps so called because the fronts of buildings in the Middle Ages often were decorated with rows of painted windows.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with storyless

story

In addition to the idiom beginning with story

  • story of my life, the

also see:

  • cock and bull story
  • cover story
  • fish story
  • hard-luck story
  • make a long story short
  • old story
  • same old story
  • shaggy dog story
  • sob story
  • upper story
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