Definition of Naysay

1. Noun. (Chiefly American English) (alternative spelling of nay-say) A refusal, denial, gainsay, disagreement or negation ¹



2. Verb. (Chiefly American English) (alternative spelling of nay-say) say no to; deny, disagree, or oppose ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Naysay

1. to oppose or deny [v -SAID, -SAYING, -SAYS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Naysay

nawabship
nawabships
nawl
nawls
naxarar
naxarars
nay
nay-say
nay-saying
nayaur
naybour
naycation
naycations
nays
naysaid
naysay (current term)
naysayer
naysayers
naysaying
naysayings
naysays
naythles
nayward
naywards
nayword
naywords
naze
nazes
nazifications
nazified

Literary usage of Naysay

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1. Jamieson's Dictionary of the Scottish Language: In which the Words are by John Jamieson, John Johnstone (1867)
"naysay, NA-SAY, s. A refusal, S. Ramsay ; as "nineteen na-sayt is half a grant." To naysay, ». n. To refuse, 8. naysayER, ». One who denies or refuses, 8. ..."

2. An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language: In which the Words are ...by John Jamieson by John Jamieson (1818)
"naysay, NA-SAY, ». A refusal, S. To naysay, ». n. To refuse, S. N AI PRIE, s. Table linen, S. Knox, ..."

3. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1853)
"If he's no as muckle in earnest as to thole a naysay, he's nne man at a' ; and I wouldna advise Nancy to have onything to do with him. ..."

4. Social Control: A Survey of the Foundations of Order by Edward Alsworth. Ross (1901)
"To naysay the free access of artist to patron is to kill inspiration and cut off humanity from choice springs of enjoyment. For society to concede any such ..."

5. Pharmaceutical Journal by Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (1857)
"... and change his course of life and studies: yet the importunity of his mother and dearest relations called him down, and would receive no naysay. ..."

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