verbum sap

Latin phrase

ver·​bum sap ˌvər-bəm-ˈsap How to pronounce verbum sap (audio)
: enough said
used to indicate that something left unsaid may or should be inferred

Word History


short for New Latin verbum sapientī (sat est) "a word to the wise (is sufficient)," after Latin dictum sapientī sat est (Plautus)

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of verbum sap was in 1818

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Cite this Entry

“Verbum sap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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