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

Definition of signifying

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

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His millennial-friendly update to such signifying was to rebrand it all as a personal affirmation. Chris Martins, Billboard, "DJ Khaled: How Hard Work & Humility (Plus Assists From Drake & Bieber) Put Him on Top," 8 June 2017 The running back from Louisiana State, who was chosen in the first round by the Jacksonville Jaguars, kept it simple in a dark blue suit and red tie, letting his fearsome-looking under-beard do the signifying. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "The Peacocks of N.F.L. Draft Night," 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of signifying

1929, in the meaning defined above

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