What does saying mean?

Definitions for saying
ˈseɪ ɪŋsay·ing

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word saying.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. saying, expression, locutionnoun

    a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations

    "pardon the expression"

Wiktionary

  1. sayingnoun

    A proverb or maxim; something often said.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sayingnoun

    Expression; words; opinion sententiously delivered.

    Etymology: from say.

    I thank thee, Brutus,
    That thou hast prov’d Lucilius’ saying true. William Shakespeare.

    Moses fled at this saying, and was a stranger in Median. Acts.

    Many are the sayings of the wise,
    Extolling patience as the truest fortitude. John Milton.

    Others try to divert the troubles of other men by pretty and plausible sayings, such as this, that if evils are long, they are but light. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    We poetick folks, who must restrain
    Our measur’d sayings in an equal chain,
    Have troubles utterly unknown to those,
    Who let their fancy loose in rambling prose. Matthew Prior.

    The sacred function can never be hurt by their sayings, if not first reproached by our doings. Francis Atterbury.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Saying

    of Say

  2. Sayingnoun

    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".

Editors Contribution

  1. sayingverb

    Verb form of the word say.

    They were saying how much they were looking forward to their wedding day.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of saying in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of saying in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of saying in a Sentence

  1. Nikki Haley:

    Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference, that is just not true. Often, the best thing we can do is turn down the volume. When the sound is quieter, you can actually hear what someone else is saying. And that can make a world of difference.

  2. Abdulkadir Selvi:

    This time, the emphasis in operations will be more on soldiers, the prime minister has spoken quite decisively, saying 'all districts will be cleansed of terrorist elements, from street-to-street, house-to-house if necessary'.

  3. Ron Paul:

    I can tell you there will be one loud voice in our party saying, think of the unintended consequence, think about what we're going to accomplish and whether it will work before we go to war.' I promise you that will always be something I take very, very seriously.

  4. Eldridge Cleaver:

    What we're saying today is that you're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem.

  5. Jen Ramsey:

    Imagine saying yes ... let's do this thing now!

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
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