What does either mean?

Definitions for eitherˈi ðər, ˈaɪ ðər; ˈi ðər; ˈni ðər; ˈaɪ ðər; ˈnaɪ ðər; aɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word either.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. either(adverb)

    after a negative statement used as an intensive meaning something like `likewise' or `also'

    "he isn't stupid, but he isn't exactly a genius either"; "I don't know either"; "if you don't order dessert I won't either"


  1. either(Adverb)

    as well

    I don't like him and I don't like her either.

  2. either(Pronoun)

    Both, each of two (people or things).

  3. either(Pronoun)

    One or other of two people or things.

  4. either(Conjunction)

    Introduces the first of two options, the second of which is introduced by "or".

    Either you eat your dinner or you go to your room.

  5. Origin: æghwæþer, from West , ultimately corresponding to ay + whether

Webster Dictionary

  1. Either

    one of two; the one or the other; -- properly used of two things, but sometimes of a larger number, for any one

  2. Either

    each of two; the one and the other; both; -- formerly, also, each of any number

  3. Either

    precedes two, or more, coordinate words or phrases, and is introductory to an alternative. It is correlative to or

  4. Origin: [OE. either, aither, AS. ger, ghwer (akin to OHG. ogiwedar, MHG. iegeweder); + ge + hwer whether. See Each, and Whether, and cf. Or, conj.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Either

    ē′thėr, or ī′thėr, adj. or pron. the one or the other: one of two: each of two.—conj. correlative to or: (B.) or. [A.S. ǽgðer, a contr. of ǽghthwæðer=á, aye, the pfx. ge-, and hwæther, the mod. whether. See also Each.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'either' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #427

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'either' in Written Corpus Frequency: #463

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'either' in Adverbs Frequency: #59


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of either in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of either in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Martha Savery:

    The answer will either be, 'We'll take another look' or 'We gave you our best offer,' either way, you’ll know.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    Decisions/choices has changed many lives either positively or negatively. And they can change YOU either positively or negatively. So do decide/choose wisely.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    We must either rearrange this unstable universe or we must exit from here! If we are not a mosquito or a crocodile, we must either dry out the marsh or exit from it!

  4. Alan Avery:

    The process of the SNC review and ultimately the report will be significant, either there are more satisfactory approaches being taken or there are not, and either way it's going to be a big deal.

  5. President George W. Bush:

    I respect people having a view, but the simple fact is, we need higher standards. They need to be state driven. The federal government should play no part in this either, either in the creation of standards, content or curriculum.

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Translations for either

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • واحد من إثنين, أي, كذلك, أيضًا, إما...أو..., إماArabic
  • един или друг, или, всеки, същоBulgarian
  • tampocCatalan, Valencian
  • buďCzech
  • entweder, beide, auchGerman
  • cada, cualquiera de los dos, tampoco, uno u otro, o, ya seaSpanish
  • mõlemad, samuti, kas, kumbEstonian
  • -kään, joko, jompikumpi, molemmat, kumpikin, myöskäänFinnish
  • antin ... ellaFaroese
  • non plus, ou, l'un ou l'autre, chaque, soitFrench
  • ach oireadIrish
  • aon chuid, an dara cuidScottish Gaelic
  • vagyHungarian
  • nemmeno, oppure, o, neanche, l'uno o l'altro, ciascuno, neppureItalian
  • どちらかJapanese
  • enten, beggeNorwegian
  • of, hetzij, ofwel, ook, beideDutch
  • albo, też nie, którykolwiek, ani, obojętnie który, obaPolish
  • يا, لا, دواړهPashto, Pushto
  • ou, ambos, tampouco, [[também]] [[não]]Portuguese
  • oricare, amândoi, fiecare, niciRomanian
  • любой, каждый, один из двух, также не, либо, илиRussian
  • buď, aleboSlovak
  • endera, antingen, båda, heller, vilken som, eller, varderaSwedish

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