From Middle English storie, storye, from Anglo-Norman estorie by aphesis. The Anglo-Norman word itself comes from Latin historia, a borrowing from Ancient Greek ἱστορίᾱ (historíā, “learning through research”). Doublet of history and storey.
- storie (obsolete)
story (plural stories)
- An account of real or fictional events.
- Synonym: tome
- 1673, William Temple, An Essay upon the Advancement of Trade in Ireland:
- ...it must be exploded for fabulous, with other relics of ancient story...
- June 1861, Edinburgh Review, The Kingdom of Italy
- Venice, with its unique city and its impressive story...
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter I, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
- The stories did not seem to me to touch life. They were plainly intended to have a bracing moral effect, and perhaps had this result for the people at whom they were aimed. They left me with the impression of a well-delivered stereopticon lecture, with characters about as life-like as the shadows on the screen, and whisking on and off, at the mercy of the operator.
- 2006 Feb. 17, Graham Linehan, The IT Crowd, Season 1, Episode 4:
- So, what happened?
It's quite a long story actually...
Really? Don't worry about it then.
- So, what happened?
- 2013 June 29, “Travels and travails”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 55:
- Even without hovering drones, a lurking assassin, a thumping score and a denouement, the real-life story of Edward Snowden, a rogue spy on the run, could be straight out of the cinema. But, as with Hollywood, the subplots and exotic locations may distract from the real message: America’s discomfort and its foes’ glee.
- The book tells the story of two roommates.
- A lie, fiction.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:lie
- You’ve been telling stories again, haven’t you?
- (US, colloquial, usually pluralized) A soap opera.
- Synonym: serial
- What will she do without being able to watch her stories?
- 1991, Stephen King, Needful Things:
- He stood on the doorstep for a minute, listening for sounds inside the house — a radio, a TV tuned to one of the stories […]
- (obsolete) History.
- A sequence of events, or a situation, such as might be related in an account.
- Synonym: narrative
- What's the story with him?
- I tried it again; same story, no error message, nothing happened.
- The images it captured help tell a story of extreme loss: 25 percent of its ice and four of its 19 glaciers have disappeared since 1957.
- (social media, sometimes capitalized) A chronological collection of pictures or short videos published by a user on an application or website that is typically only available for a short period.
- 2015 July 14, Aisha Gani, “Mecca worshippers stream their stories live on Snapchat”, in The Guardian:
- Worshippers in Mecca are streaming their stories live on Snapchat, opening up the Saudi city to non-Muslims online.
- 2016 August 12, Hannah Jane Parkinson, “Instagram Stories: who cares about your commute or cleansing routine?”, in The Guardian:
- I have come across a few (OK, two) Stories that have made me laugh. And when that happens, the medium frustrates even more with its fleetingness. But here’s hoping the Instagram Stories on my feed improve as time goes by. The End.
- 2023 October 23, Rachel Varina, “How to Get Over a Breakup So You Can *Actually* Move On and Heal”, in Cosmopolitan:
- While it might seem harmless to sneak the occasional peek at their Story or see what they’ve been watching on Netflix, Fortin says you’re leaving yourself open to “potentially stressful situations that may come at a time when you're gaining momentum in your progress.” Think about it—if their number isn’t blocked, you’ll jump at each noti wondering if it’s them.
- (computing) Ellipsis of .
- (soap opera): Popularized in the 1950s, when soap operas were often billed as "continuing stories", the term "story" to describe a soap opera fell into disuse by the 21st century and is now used chiefly among older people and in rural areas. Other English-speaking countries used the term at its zenith as a "loaned" word from the United States.
- another story
- A story
- back story
- Banbury story
- Banbury story of a cock and a bull
- Banbury story of a cock and bull
- bedtime story
- break the story
- B story
- chain story
- change one's story
- Cinderella story
- cock-and-bull story
- color story
- colour story
- cool story bro
- cover story
- dope story
- end of story
- fairy story
- feature story
- fish story
- folk story
- frame story
- get 'em story
- ghost story
- greatest story ever told
- hard-luck story
- horror story
- inside story
- it's a long story
- just-so story
- life story
- likely story
- long story short
- love story
- love story
- made-to-order story
- origin story
- pourquoi story
- round-robin story
- same old story
- scare story
- second-story man
- shaggy dog story
- shaggy-dog story
- shaggy God story
- short short story
- short-short story
- short story
- single story
- sob story
- story arc
- story beat
- story editor
- story line
- story of my life
- story of one's life
- success story
- talk story
- tall story
- tell its own story
- the story goes
- to cut a long story short
- upper story
- user story
- user story
- war story
- (transitive) To tell as a story; to relate or narrate about.
- 1611 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene v]:
- How worthy he is I will leave to appear hereafter, rather than story him in his own hearing.
- It is storied of the brazen colossus in Rhodes, that it was seventy cubits high.
- 2004 January 10, Galen Strawson, “Review: Making Stories by Jerome Bruner”, in The Guardian:
- The further claim is that we create or invent the self specifically by “writing” and “storying” it.
- (transitive, intransitive, social media, sometimes capitalized) To post a story (chronological collection of pictures or short videos) on an application or website.
- 2019 June 24, Christian Allaire, “Jennifer Aniston, We Beg You, Get on Instagram”, in Vogue:
- I hereby argue that the only thing that would make these mini Friends reunions truly complete would be contributions from Aniston herself, who decidedly does not have an Instagram page. Imagine the content possibilities: Aniston looking flawless and chic by the pool; Aniston Storying herself shopping at Gelson’s; […]
story (plural stories)
- (chiefly US) Alternative spelling of .
- Our shop was on the fourth story of the building, so we had to install an elevator.
- For more quotations using this term, see Citations:story.
- “stōrī(e, n.(2).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2019-04-05.
- Alternative form of
story n (plural story-uri)