What does Either mean?

Definitions for Either
ˈi ðər, ˈaɪ ðər; ˈi ðər; ˈni ðər; ˈaɪ ðər; ˈnaɪ ðər; aɪEither

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. either(Adverb)

    as well

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

    Etymology: æghwæþer, from West , ultimately corresponding to ay + whether

  2. either(Pronoun)

    Both, each of two (people or things).

    Etymology: æghwæþer, from West , ultimately corresponding to ay + whether

  3. either(Pronoun)

    One or other of two people or things.

    Etymology: æghwæþer, from West , ultimately corresponding to ay + whether

  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.

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Either

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

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

  3. Either

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. either

    A choice.

    Either of them were happy to go to football training.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 11, 2020  

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

How to pronounce Either?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say Either in sign language?

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Numerology

  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

Examples of Either in a Sentence

  1. Eugene Kabambi:

    That requires either a cargo flight, in which case it would come very quickly but cost a lot, or if it's by boat, it could take a few weeks.

  2. Harshita:

    You always meet people for a reason, Either you are to change their life, Or they are to change yours....

  3. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr:

    We have at Lufthansa a reporting system where crew can report without being punished their own problems or they can report about problems of others without any kind of punishment. That hasn't been used either in this case, so all these safety nets we are so proud of here have not worked in this case.

  4. Matthew Phillips:

    Not too many people are optimistic the gas price is going to be higher anytime soon - either LNG or natural gas, so that takes the pressure off any importer, it buys Egypt some time to figure out what they want to do with their domestic gas strategy.

  5. Teacher Mark Brejcha:

    It teaches respect for our nation and our flag, when you see the flag flying you think about the sacrifices of those who have gone before -- to give us the freedom to either say the pledge or not say the pledge.

Images & Illustrations of Either

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