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. 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. President Trump:

    Republicans that are making the criticism are either the pro-war Republicans like( John Bolton) McCain and( Sen. Lindsey) Graham or the anti-Trump ones like( Sen. Ben) Sasse.

  2. Anton Khlopkov:

    I think the fact that the Russian bank has not been used in almost a decade shows that the market is working, i hope the Kazakh one will never be needed either.

  3. Robby Hayes:

    Im not sitting there with a camera aimed down and trying to get the angles, like, we got caught on the security camera, basically. It was a puppy camera in her friends living room, the couch we crashed on. No consent from either end, which kind of debunks [the sex tape claim].

  4. Daniel Kahn Gillmor:

    He's either deliberately misunderstanding some of the questions, or he's not clear about what's actually happening inside Facebook's operation.

  5. Renee Griffin:

    I think Sydney Airport's Sydney Airport because a lack of housing affordability has forced people out of the' city' -- even people on decent wages, so you either rent, or you have a long commute -- both of which aren't great if you've got a family.

Images & Illustrations of either

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