Definitions for sayingˈseɪ ɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

say•ingˈseɪ ɪŋ(n.)

  1. something said, esp. a proverb or maxim.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. saying, expression, locution(noun)

    a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations

    "pardon the expression"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. saying(noun)ˈseɪ ɪŋ

    a well-known phrase

    traditional sayings

Wiktionary

  1. saying(Noun)

    A proverb or maxim; something often said.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Saying

    of Say

  2. Saying(noun)

    that which is said; a declaration; a statement, especially a proverbial one; an aphorism; a proverb

Freebase

  1. Saying

    A saying is something that is said, notable in one respect or another, to be "a pithy expression of wisdom or truth". There are a number of specific types of saying: ⁕Adage – An aphorism that has gained credibility by virtue of long use. ⁕Aphorism – A concise definition, notably memorable. ⁕Apophthegm – "…an edgy, more cynical aphorism; such as, 'Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.'" ⁕Bromide – A phrase or platitude that, having been employed excessively, suggests insincerity or a lack of originality in the speaker employing it. ⁕Cliché – An overly commonplace, hackneyed or trite saying. ⁕Epigram – A poetic form of comment on a particular idea, occurrence, or person. ⁕Epithet – A descriptive word or phrase that has become a popular formulation. ⁕Gnome. A type of saying, especially an aphorism or a maxim, that is designed to provide instruction in a compact form. ⁕Idiom – "…an expression whose meaning can’t be derived simply by hearing it, such as 'Kick the bucket.'" ⁕Mantra – A religious or mystical syllable or poetic phrase. ⁕Maxim – A principle or rule. A maxim is a wise saying, especially one intended to advise or recommend a course of conduct. In comparison to its approximate synonyms: saying, adage, saw, motto, epigram, proverb, aphorism, the term maxim stresses the succinct formulation of an ultimate truth, a fundamental principle, or a rule of conduct. The word derives from the Latin word maximus, "greatest", via an expression maxima propositio, "greatest premise".

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'saying' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #773

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'saying' in Written Corpus Frequency: #202


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

saying(noun)

something often said, especially a proverb etc.

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