say·​ing ˈsā-iŋ How to pronounce saying (audio)
: something said
especially : adage

Examples of saying in a Sentence

there's an old saying that you should let sleeping dogs lie
Recent Examples on the Web As the saying goes, necessity often breeds ingenuity. Riley Robinson, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 June 2024 However, as the saying goes, beauty is the eye of the beholder. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 25 May 2024 As the old saying goes, the family that gets hot and bothered together, stays together. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 16 May 2024 There’s a saying that law is downstream from culture, said Greg Scott, a former longtime communications strategist for A.D.F., explaining the idea in an interview that a cause gains popular support first and then the law formalizes those beliefs. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, 28 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for saying 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of saying was in the 14th century

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“Saying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: something frequently said : proverb

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