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

Example Sentences

there's an old saying that you should let sleeping dogs lie
Recent Examples on the Web As the saying goes: When America gets a cold, Black America gets pneumonia. Wesley Lowery, Men's Health, 18 Nov. 2022 Huge parts of the braconid family tree are, as the saying goes, still unknown to science. Brooke Jarvis, WIRED, 10 Nov. 2022 As the saying goes, the time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. Brice Englert, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 As the saying goes, the backup quarterback is the most popular guy in town. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 9 Nov. 2022 Of course, past performance is no guarantee of future results, as the saying goes, and the market has plenty of headwinds to contend with. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 9 Nov. 2022 The acceptance of Ben Gvir into the Israeli mainstream happened, as the saying goes, gradually, then suddenly. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, 4 Nov. 2022 As the saying goes, everything old becomes new again—and that’s certainly true of holiday decor trends. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Oct. 2022 Congress, the saying goes, does not hide elephants in mouseholes. Dan Lennington, National Review, 21 Oct. 2022 See More

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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 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



: something frequently said : proverb

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