Say, n. [From Say, v.
t.; cf. Saw a saying.] A speech; something said;
an expression of opinion; a current story; a maxim or proverb.
[Archaic or Colloq.]
He no sooner said out his say, but up rises a
cunning snap. L'Estrange.
That strange palmer's boding say, Sir W. Scott.
That fell so ominous and drear
Full on the object of his fear.
Say (sā), n. [Aphetic form of
assay.] 1. Trial by sample; assay; sample;
specimen; smack. [Obs.]
If those principal works of God . . . be but certain
tastes and says, as it were, of that final
Thy tongue some say of breeding
2. Tried quality; temper; proof.
He found a sword of better say.
3. Essay; trial; attempt. [Obs.]
To give a say at, to attempt. B.
Say (sā), obs. imp. of See.
Say, v. t. To try; to assay.
[Obs.] B. Jonson.
Say, v. i. To speak; to express an
opinion; to make answer; to reply.
You have said; but whether wisely or no, let the
forest judge. Shak.
To this argument we shall soon have said; for
what concerns it us to hear a husband divulge his household
Say, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Said (sĕd), contracted from sayed;
p. pr. & vb. n. Saying.] [OE. seggen,
seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS.
secgan; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG.
seggen, OHG. sagēn, G. sagen, Icel.
segja, Sw. säga, Dan. sige, Lith.
sakyti; cf. OL. insece tell, relate, Gr.
'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete.
Cf. Saga, Saw a saying.] 1. To
utter or express in words; to tell; to speak; to declare; as, he
said many wise things.
Arise, and say how thou camest
2. To repeat; to rehearse; to recite; to
pronounce; as, to say a lesson.
Of my instruction hast thou nothing bated Shak.
In what thou hadst to say?
After which shall be said or sung the following
hymn. Bk. of Com. Prayer.
3. To announce as a decision or opinion; to
state positively; to assert; hence, to form an opinion upon; to be
sure about; to be determined in mind as to.
But what it is, hard is to say.
4. To mention or suggest as an estimate,
hypothesis, or approximation; hence, to suppose; -- in the imperative,
followed sometimes by the subjunctive; as, he had, say fifty
thousand dollars; the fox had run, say ten miles.
Say, for nonpayment that the debt should
Is twenty hundred kisses such a trouble?
It is said, or They say, it
is commonly reported; it is rumored; people assert or maintain. -
- That is to say, that is; in other words;
Say, n. [OE. saie, F.
saie, fr. L. saga, equiv. to sagum, sagus,
a coarse woolen mantle; cf. Gr. sa`gos. See Sagum.]
1. A kind of silk or satin. [Obs.]
Thou say, thou serge, nay, thou buckram
2. A delicate kind of serge, or woolen
His garment neither was of silk nor