nay-say

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
See also: naysay

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

nay-say (plural nay-says)

  1. (archaic) A refusal, denial, or negation.
    • 1816, Sir Walter Scott, The Black Dwarf, ch. 5,
      "That," replied Miss Lucy, "depends entirely on the manner in which the nay-says are said."

Verb[edit]

nay-say (third-person singular simple present nay-says, present participle nay-saying, simple past and past participle nay-said)

  1. To speak negatively of something.
  2. To reply no.

Related terms[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • naysay” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–.
  • naysay” in Microsoft's Encarta World English Dictionary, North American Edition (2007)
  • Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996)