sig·​ni·​fy·​ing | \ ˈsig-nə-ˌfī-iŋ How to pronounce signifying (audio) \

Definition of signifying

: a good-natured needling or goading by means of indirect gibes and clever often preposterous put-downs also : dozens

Examples of signifying in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These categories are allegories for broader economic processes that a single word is incapable of signifying. Wired, 14 July 2022 Many immigrant communities have a form of signifying. Jason Parham, Wired, 15 July 2021 His millennial-friendly update to such signifying was to rebrand it all as a personal affirmation. Chris Martins, Billboard, 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of signifying

1929, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jul 2022

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“Signifying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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