noun (plural stories)
- 1An account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment: an adventure story I’m going to tell you a storyMore example sentences
- There are romance stories, historical stories and adventures.
- I write adventure stories, thrillers, so most of my heroes spend their time running after the bad guys.
- His most recent work shows that a novel of philosophical analysis can be a real story.
- 1.1A plot or storyline: the novel has a good storyMore example sentences
- As the plot unfolds, the story begins to collapse under the weight of its unanswered questions.
- Shock revelations follow as the story unravels, the plot thickens and the audience grows more intrigued.
- But I think we always return because we are hungry for the same story, the same plot.
- 1.2A piece of gossip; a rumour: there have been lots of stories going around, as you can imagineMore example sentences
- For centuries, if not longer, there have been rumours and stories about a giant bird living in the remote areas of Australia.
- In his letters, he gossips, tells wicked stories and speaks the unguarded truth.
- He fed his in-crowd with stories, gossip, tips and steers.
- 1.3 • informal A false statement; a lie: Ellie never told stories—she had always believed in the truthMore example sentencesSynonymslie, fib, falsehood, untruth, fabrication, fiction, piece of fiction; white lie; Irish pishogue; West African nancy story• informal tall story, fairy story, fairy tale, cock and bull story, shaggy-dog story, whopper, terminological inexactitude, fish story
- 2A report of an item of news in a newspaper, magazine, or broadcast: stories in the local papersMore example sentences
- The story that news papers would of course like to run is imminent collapse and absolute disaster.
- Obviously we will be bringing you many other big news stories in your favourite newspaper over the coming 12 months.
- We only hope they will at least provide more careful, balanced statements during live broadcasts or in newspaper stories.
- 3An account of past events in someone’s life or in the development of something: the story of modern farming the film is based on a true storyMore example sentences
- Like me, it is a bit wrinkled and frayed at the edges but it recalls a moment of history in the life story of Britain's railway industry.
- His life story is one of the most extraordinary tales in the history of the game.
- A reformed heroin addict turned property developer is hoping to film part of his life story in Swindon.
- 3.1A particular person’s representation of the facts of a matter: during police interviews, Harper changed his storyMore example sentences
- At best, it will make some detainees feel better by letting them tell their side of the story.
- Apart from issuing a few brief statements, the failed viceroy has yet to face the media to tell his side of the story.
- Analysts and investors are just not listening to our side of the story.
- 3.2 [in singular] A situation viewed in terms of the information known about it or its similarity to another: having such information is useful, but it is not the whole story United kept on trying but it was the same old story—no luckMore example sentences
- If it had happened at night then the story might have been different.
- But it was a different story when an easier chance fell for him a minute later.
- It is a story that has worrying similarities with the experiences of farmers elsewhere.
but that's another story
- • informal Used after raising a matter to indicate that one does not want to expand on it for now.More example sentences
- Of course I was useless with women, but that's another story.
- Then I got a job and bought a house, and then I went to work in Washington DC... but that's another story.
- And I must say I was pretty impressed with his Spanish, but that's another story.
end of story
- see end.More example sentences
- I knew it wasn't the full story, the investigators knew it wasn't the full story but it was the statement that was going to be made, end of story.
- Our campaign is not going to be about one big bang and that's it, end of story.
- They are getting phased out of the picture, end of story.
it's a long story
- • informal Used to indicate that, for now, one does not want to talk about something that is too painful or complicated.More example sentences
- It's (the tail end of) Purim, when it's traditional to eat triangular shaped pastries, though frankly it's a long story that I can't go into now.
- ‘I - it's a long story,’ she said, looking away and twisting her fingers painfully.
- But it's a long story, and I don't have the energy right now.
it's (or that's) the story of one's life
- • informal Used as a resigned acknowledgement that one has experienced a particular misfortune too often: ‘He’s more likely to have run off with a dancer,’ Laura said bitterly. ‘It’s the story of my life.’More example sentences
- But that's the story of my life - missed opportunities and bad timing.
- I was running a little late, but then that's the story of my life.
- He didn't want to, and that's the story of my life.
the story goes
- It is said or rumoured: the story goes that he’s fallen out with his friendsMore example sentences
- Pirates fleeing the British navy, as the story goes, found themselves on St Lucia's east coast off of Marquis Bay.
- This, the story goes, secured a large crowd, a conviction for indecency and copious ticket-shifting headlines.
- This fearsome serpent, so the story goes, had a poisoned tongue, breathed fire and smoke, and had teeth as large as the prongs of a pitchfork.
to cut (or North American make) a long story short
- Used to end an account of events quickly: to cut a long story short, I married StephenMore example sentences
- I was doing research on how traumatic experiences impact memory functioning and to make a long story short, alien abductions was a type of traumatic experience people were reporting.
- I became independent and to make a long story short, here I am now, living in an apartment, financially stable, and not addicted to drugs.
- Anyway, to make a long story short, I met a guy - a fellow chorus boy - and we had a fling.
Middle English (denoting a historical account or representation): shortening of Anglo-Norman French estorie, from Latin historia (see history).