The Romans say that Echo was a nymph in love with Narcissus,
but her love not being returned, she pined away till only her voice
remained. We use the word to imply similarity of sentiment: as You
echo my ideas; That is an echo to my opinion.
Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph, that liv'st unseen
Within thy airy shell,
By slow Meänder's margent green ...
Canst thou not tell me of a gentle pair
That likest thy Narcissus are?
Milton: Comus, 230, etc.
(Gr., eko; verb, ekeo, to sound.)
To applaud to the echo.
To appland so loudly as to produce an echo.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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