What does either mean?

Definitions for either
ˈi ðər, ˈaɪ ðər; ˈi ðər; ˈni ðər; ˈaɪ ðər; ˈnaɪ ðər; aɪei·ther

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"

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?

  1. either

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. Donald Trump:

    The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there! We ... either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good 'shutdown' in September to fix mess!

  2. Cory Booker:

    I don't believe people should stay in this just to stay in it, you either have a trajectory to win or not. And right now, we don't raise $ 1.7 million, we won't be able to make the investments necessary.

  3. John Stuart Mill:

    A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.

  4. Lloyd Dobens and Clare Crawford-Mason, Thinking About Quality:

    Nothing in life is static; it either gets better, or it gets worse.

  5. Kevin Dartez:

    The crawfish season is screwed, the crabs aren't getting peeled either.

Images & Illustrations of either

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