[ stawr-ee, stohr-ee ]
/ ˈstɔr i, ˈstoʊr i /
noun, plural sto·ries.
a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader; tale.
a fictitious tale, shorter and less elaborate than a novel.
such narratives or tales as a branch of literature: song and story.
the plot or succession of incidents of a novel, poem, drama, etc.: The characterizations were good, but the story was weak.
a narration of an incident or a series of events or an example of these that is or may be narrated, as an anecdote, joke, etc.
a narration of the events in the life of a person or the existence of a thing, or such events as a subject for narration: the story of medicine; the story of his life.
a report or account of a matter; statement or allegation: The story goes that he rejected the offer.
a lie or fabrication: What he said about himself turned out to be a story.
verb (used with object), sto·ried, sto·ry·ing.
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Origin of story1
1175–1225; Middle English storie < Anglo-French estorie < Latin historia history
OTHER WORDS FROM storysto·ry·less, adjective
Words nearby story
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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 (1 of 2)
/ (ˈstɔːrɪ) /
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
British Dictionary definitions for storyless (2 of 2)
/ (ˈstɔːrɪ) /
noun plural -ries
another spelling (esp US) of storey
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Idioms and Phrases with storyless
In addition to the idiom beginning with story
- story of my life, the
- 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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