saying, expression, locution(noun)
a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations
"pardon the expression"
A proverb or maxim; something often said.
that which is said; a declaration; a statement, especially a proverbial one; an aphorism; a proverb
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".
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'saying' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #773
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'saying' in Written Corpus Frequency: #202
The numerical value of saying in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of saying in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
My country, right or wrong, is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, My mother, drunk or sober.
Saying we should keep the two-party political system simply because it is working is like saying the Titanic voyage was a success because a few people survived on life rafts.
That's what he's been saying for a long time ... I'm not saying he's the first and I'm not saying he's the last but he's the one with biggest voice and he's saying it today and that's important.
The function of a briefing paper is to prevent the ambassador from saying something dreadfully indiscreet. I sometimes think its true object is to prevent the ambassador from saying anything at all.
I’m down on my knees saying that I’m sorry to the guys for the things that I said, saying that I’m sorry to America and saying I’m sorry to the people in the audience that were offended by the things that I said.
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Translations for saying
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- dita, proverbiCatalan, Valencian
- rčení, příslovíCzech
- Ausspruch, SprichwortGerman
- απόφθεγμα, παροιμίαGreek
- dicho, proverbio, refrán, diciendoSpanish
- szólásmondás, mondás, közmondásHungarian
- dicto, proverbioInterlingua
- massima, proverbio, dettoItalian
- Sprachwuert, SprochLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- пословица, изрека, поговоркаMacedonian
- gezegde, spreekwoordDutch
- ditado, provérbio, dizendoPortuguese
- proverb, zicalăRomanian
- пoгoвoркa, пoслoвицaRussian
- poslovica, izrekaSerbo-Croatian
- rčenie, príslovieSlovak
- ordspråk, ordstävSwedish
- msemo, misemoSwahili
- spot, dijhêyeWalloon
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