- 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.
- news story.
- a lie or fabrication: What he said about himself turned out to be a story.
- Obsolete. history.
Origin of story1
Synonyms for story
Examples from the Web for storyless
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
- 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
- to decorate (a pot, wall, etc) with scenes from history or legends
Word Origin for story
- another spelling (esp US) of storey
"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.
"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.
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