Saying Say"ing, n. That which is said; a declaration; a statement, especially a proverbial one; an aphorism; a proverb. [1913 Webster]

Many are the sayings of the wise, In ancient and in modern books enrolled. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Declaration; speech; adage; maxim; aphorism; apothegm; saw; proverb; byword. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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