1Designating or relating to a narrative dominated by simple back-and-forth dialogue with attributions.
2US Of a dispute: characterized by conflicting statements from opposing parties in the absence of concrete evidence.
A contentious dispute in which the parties express opposing accounts of an event or situation; an account of such a dispute lacking analysis or concrete evidence.
1940s. From he + said, past tense of say + she + said, past tense of say.