What does Either mean?
Definitions for Either
ˈi ðər, ˈaɪ ðər; ˈi ðər; ˈni ðər; ˈaɪ ðər; ˈnaɪ ðər; aɪei·ther
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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"
I don't like him and I don't like her either.
Both, each of two (people or things).
One or other of two people or things.
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
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A distributive adverb, answered by or; either the one or.
Etymology: from the noun.
We never heard of any ship that had been seen to arrive upon any shore of Europe; no nor of either the East or West Indies. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.
What perils shall we find,
If either place, or time, or other course,
Cause us to alter th’ order now assign’d? Samuel Daniel, C. War.
Either your brethren have miserably deceived us, or power confers virtue. Jonathan Swift, to Pope.
Etymology: ægðer, Saxon; auther, Scottish.
Lepidus flatters both,
Of both is flatter’d; but he neither loves,
Nor either cares for him. William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra.
So like in arms these champions were,
As they had been a very pair;
So that a man would almost swear,
That either had been either. Michael Drayton, Nymp.
Goring made a fast friendship with Digby, either of them believing he could deceive the other. Edward Hyde, b. viii.
I do not ask whether bodies do so exist, that the motion of one body cannot really be without the motion of another: to determine this either way, is to beg the question for or against a vacuum. John Locke.
In the process of natural beings, there seem some to be creatures placed, as it were, in the confines of several provinces, and participating something of either. Matthew Hale.
Sev’n times the sun has either tropick view’d,
The Winter banish’d, and the Spring renew’d. John Dryden, Virg.
Either/Or is an influential book by philosopher Søren Kierkegaard.
one of two; the one or the other; -- properly used of two things, but sometimes of a larger number, for any one
each of two; the one and the other; both; -- formerly, also, each of any number
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
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.]
Either of them were happy to go to football training.
Submitted by MaryC on March 11, 2020
Either vs. Neither -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Either and Neither.
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Rank popularity for the word 'Either' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #427
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Rank popularity for the word 'Either' in Written Corpus Frequency: #463
Rank popularity for the word 'Either' in Adverbs Frequency: #59
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The numerical value of Either in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of Either in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of Either in a Sentence
My first film ‘Bernadine,’ there were no love scenes in that film, now I go right in for ‘April Love’ and there are no love scenes in that script either… Our characters fall in love, but there was no kissing in the script. So I never talked to my wife about what happens if I’m asked to do some kissing in these movies I’m starting to make.
Autism is such a spectrum, even in special education classes it's hard to match kids with the same abilities, he always felt like he didn't fit in with that class, but he didn't fit in with the typical kids either. That left him alone.
President Trump statement is President Trump statement and President Trump statement is not true, most federal cases are resolved, either by plea or trial, within months of being filed. That length can vary but it would be unusual for any federal case to be pending longer than 12-18 months.
There's so much wind, thunderstorms and sea spray that it is difficult to see, but our hope is that they are either on the vessel or on life rafts, and we can identify them.
Now is not the time for either of us to go wobbly.
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- واحد من إثنين, أيضًا, إما, أي, إما...أو..., كذلكArabic
- един или друг, или, всеки, същоBulgarian
- tampocCatalan, Valencian
- auch, beide, entwederGerman
- tampoco, uno u otro, cada, cualquiera de los dos, o, ya seaSpanish
- mõlemad, kumb, kas, samutiEstonian
- jompikumpi, joko, molemmat, myöskään, -kään, kumpikinFinnish
- antin ... ellaFaroese
- ou, non plus, soit, l'un ou l'autre, chaqueFrench
- ach oireadIrish
- an dara cuid, aon chuidScottish Gaelic
- ciascuno, neppure, l'uno o l'altro, nemmeno, neanche, oppure, oItalian
- 어느 한 쪽Korean
- begge, entenNorwegian
- ofwel, of, hetzij, beide, ookDutch
- albo, też nie, obojętnie który, którykolwiek, ani, obaPolish
- دواړه, لا, ياPashto, Pushto
- [[também]] [[não]], tampouco, ambos, ouPortuguese
- fiecare, nici, amândoi, oricareRomanian
- также не, один из двух, либо, или, каждый, любойRussian
- buď, aleboSlovak
- vardera, heller, endera, vilken som, båda, eller, antingenSwedish
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