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nay·​say ˈnā-ˌsā How to pronounce naysay (audio)


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transitive verb

nay·​say ˈnā-ˌsā How to pronounce naysay (audio)
: deny, refuse, oppose
there might have been … for anything he could naysayW. F. De Morgan

Word History



nay entry 1 + say, noun; after the phrase to say one nay

Transitive verb

nay entry 1 + say, verb

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“Naysay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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