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English citations of word

Noun: "the act of speaking"[edit]

  • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility:
    she believed them still so very much attached to each other, that they could not be too sedulously divided in word and deed on every occasion.
  • 2004, Richard Williams, The Guardian, 8 Sep 2004:
    As they fell apart against Austria, England badly needed someone capable of leading by word and example.

Noun: "something that has been said"[edit]

  • 1611, Bible, Authorized Version, Matthew XXVI.75:
    And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
  • 1945, Sebastian Haffner, The Observer, 1 Apr 1945:
    "The Kaiser laid down his arms at a quarter to twelve. In me, however, they have an opponent who ceases fighting only at five minutes past twelve," said Hitler some time ago. He has never spoken a truer word.

Noun: "a unit of language with meaning"[edit]

  • 1594, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, II.ii
    Polonius: What do you read, my lord?
    Hamlet: Words, words, words.
  • 1882, John Stuart Mill, A System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive:
    But it is no part of the signification of the word John, that the father of the person so called bore the same name; nor even of the word Dartmouth, to be situated at the mouth of the Dart.
  • 1896, Israel Zangwill, Without Prejudice, p21
    “Ain’t! How often am I to tell you ain’t ain’t a word?”
  • 1966, Alexander R. Prista, Essential Portuguese grammar, Courier Dover Publications, ISBN 9780486216508, page 6:
    It will help you to expand your Portuguese vocabulary if you remember that many Portuguese words are similar in meaning and appearance to English words.
  • 1999, Linda Greenlaw, The Hungry Ocean, Hyperion, p11
    Fisherwoman isn’t even a word. It’s not in the dictionary.

Noun: "Christ"[edit]

Interjection: "abbreviation of word up"[edit]

  • 2004, Shannon Holmes, Never Go Home Again: A Novel, page 218
    " [] Know what I'm sayin'?" / "Word!" the other man strongly agreed. "Let's do this — "
  • 2007, Gabe Rotter, Duck Duck Wally: A Novel, page 105
    " [] Not bad at all, man. Worth da wait, dawg. Word." / "You liked it?" I asked dumbly, stoned still, and feeling victorious. / "Yeah, man," said Oral B. "Word up. [] "
  • 2007, Relentless Aaron The Last Kingpin, page 34
    " [] I mean, I don't blame you... Word! [] "