Synonyms for Said

atkins bookshelf wordsPerhaps the verb “said” is the most overused word in writing; it is the workhorse of writing dialogue. Indeed, it is a very simple and direct word; but it is so general, so banal — to the point that it becomes invisible. Certainly a writer can be more imaginative and more precise. Thanks to the richness of the English language, containing more than one million words, there are many more colorful alternatives to the word “said.” (Of course, Ernest Hemingway was oblivious to or ignored all of them.) The general rule, note many writers and editors, is not to get too carried away with alternatives for “said” in your writing, to the point that it gets in the way of the dialogue. Enough said. Here are more than two hundred ways to write “said.”

A
acknowledged
added
admitted
advised
affirmed
agreed
alleged
alluded
announced
answered
apologized
appealed
argued
articulated
asserted
assured
avowed

B
babbled
bargained
barked
bawled
began
begged
bellowed
blurted
boasted
bragged

C
cackled
cajoled
called

cautioned
challenged
chanted
chided
claimed
commanded
commented
complained
conceded
concluded
concurred
confessed
confided
confirmed
consented
contended
continued
corrected
countered
cried
criticized
croaked
cross-examined
crowed
cursed

D
debated
decided
declared
decreed
demanded
denied
dictated
digressed
directed
disclosed
divulged
drawled
droned

E
echoed
elaborated
emphasized
enjoined
enunciated
equivocated
exaggerated
exclaimed
exhorted
explained
extolled

F
faltered
foretold
fretted
fumed

G
gasped
growled
grumbled
grunted
guessed
gurgled
gushed

H
hinted
hissed
hooted
howled
hypothesized

I
implied
implored
inquired
insisted
instructed
interjected
interrupted
intoned

J
jabbered
jeered
jested
joked

K
kibbitzed

L
lamented
laughed
lectured
lied

M
maintained
marveled
mentioned
moaned
mumbled
murmured
muttered

N
nagged
nodded

noted

O
objected
observed
offered
ordered

P
panted
pleaded
pledged
pointed out
pondered
postulated
prayed
preached
predicted
proceeded
proclaimed
professed
promised
proposed
protested
puzzled

Q
queried
questioned
quipped
quoted

R
railed
ranted
raved
recalled
recited
recommended
reiterated
related
remembered
reminded
repeated
replied
reported
reprimanded
retorted
revealed
roared

S
scoffed
scolded
screamed
screeched
shouted
shrieked
sighed
snapped
snarled
sneered
snickered
snorted
sobbed
speculated
sputtered
stammered
stated
stipulated
stressed
stuttered
suggested
surmised
swore
sympathized

T
tattled
taunted
teased
testified
theorized
threatened
told

U
urged
uttered

V
ventured
voiced
volunteered
vouched
vowed

W
waffled
wailed
warned
whimpered
whispered
wondered

Y
yawped
yelled

yelped
yowled

Read related posts: Best Books for Writers
Most Common Writing Errors
Best English Dictionary

For further reading: http://www.timelessteacherstuff.com/OtherLanguageMaterials/InsteadOfSaid.html
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/wordlist/said.shtml

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