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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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eitheradverb

    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. eitheradverb

    as well

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

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

  2. eitherpronoun

    Both, each of two (people or things).

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

  3. eitherpronoun

    One or other of two people or things.

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

  4. eitherconjunction

    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

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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. Hua Xiaomo:

    Sometimes it's really inconvenient. The lights aren't bright either. It's dark.

  2. Richard Hanson:

    There's basically going to be two options, you either participate in a community-based organization or you have to follow the rules as if you are commercial operator.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    When too many people, either ignorantly or intentionally, but happily going in the wrong direction; anyone with a positive reflection & good intention goading them to do introspection for the course correction or the right selection of the partner, is most likely to be branded by a few or most of them to be a NEGATIVE person.

  4. Remy Green:

    The Postal Service has long promised that' [ n ] either snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds, the Court rightly added the obvious footnote : fixing an election and cost-cutting can not cut it as an exception to that promise.

  5. Though Biden:

    I know some in Congress think we've already done enough to deal with the crisis in the country. Others think that things are getting better and we can afford to sit back and either do a little or do nothing at all. That's not what I see.

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