Definitions for nornɔr; unstressed nər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nor*nɔr; unstressed nər(conj.)

  1. (used in negative phrases, esp. after neither, to introduce the second member in a series, or any subsequent member):

    Neither he nor I will be there. They won't wait for you, nor for me, nor for anybody.

    Category: Function Word

  2. (used to continue the force of a negative, as not, no, never, etc., occurring in a preceding clause):

    I never saw him again, nor did I regret it.

    Category: Function Word

  3. (used after an affirmative clause, or as a continuative, in the sense of and not):

    They are happy, nor need we worry.

    Category: Function Word

  4. Older Use. than.

    Category: Function Word

  5. Archaic. (used without a preceding neither, the negative force of which is understood):

    He nor I was there.

    Category: Function Word

  6. Archaic. (used instead of neither as correlative to a following nor):

    Nor he nor I was there.

    Category: Function Word

* Usage: See neither.

Origin of nor:

1300–50; ME, contr. of nother, OE nōther=ne not +ōther (contr. of ōhwæther) either; cf. or1


  1. a Boolean operator that returns a positive result when both operands are negative.

    Category: Computers

Origin of NOR:



  1. a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds that are the normal or parent forms of the compound denoted by the base words:


    Category: Affix, Chemistry

Origin of nor-:

short for normal


  1. North.

  2. Northern.

  3. Norway.

    Category: Geography (places)


  1. north.

  2. northern.

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. nor(conjunction)ɔr; unstressed nər

    used to add another piece of negative information

    The hotel is not quiet, nor is it newly decorated.


  1. NOR(Noun)

    A binary operator composite of NOT OR; negation of OR function.

  2. Origin: nauther, from nother. Cognate with neither

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nor

    a negative connective or particle, introducing the second member or clause of a negative proposition, following neither, or not, in the first member or clause (as or in affirmative propositions follows either). Nor is also used sometimes in the first member for neither, and sometimes the neither is omitted and implied by the use of nor

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nor' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #768

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nor' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2277

Anagrams of nor

  1. Ron

Translations for nor

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


and not; neither

He did not know then what had happened, nor did he ever find out; I'm not going, nor is John.

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