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.

  2. either(Pronoun)

    Both, each of two (people or things).

  3. either(Pronoun)

    One or other of two people or things.

  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.

  5. Origin: 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

  2. Either

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

  3. Either

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

  4. Origin: [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.]

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

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. Michael Robinson:

    It's very sad either way.

  2. Robert Bartlett:

    That's not happening either.

  3. Ramana Pemmaraju:

    You either LIVE or you THINK!”

  4. Carlos Ayres:

    Either you have it or you are out.

  5. Richard Buckminster Fuller:

    Either war is obsolete or men are.

Images & Illustrations of either

  1. eithereithereither

Popularity rank by frequency of use

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Translations for either

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • واحد من إثنين, أي, كذلك, أيضًا, إما...أو..., إماArabic
  • един или друг, или, всеки, същоBulgarian
  • tampocCatalan, Valencian
  • buďCzech
  • entweder, beide, auchGerman
  • cada, cualquiera de los dos, tampoco, uno u otro, o, ya seaSpanish
  • mõlemad, samuti, kas, kumbEstonian
  • -kään, joko, jompikumpi, molemmat, kumpikin, myöskäänFinnish
  • antin ... ellaFaroese
  • non plus, ou, l'un ou l'autre, chaque, soitFrench
  • ach oireadIrish
  • aon chuid, an dara cuidScottish Gaelic
  • vagyHungarian
  • nemmeno, oppure, o, neanche, l'uno o l'altro, ciascuno, neppureItalian
  • どちらかJapanese
  • enten, beggeNorwegian
  • of, hetzij, ofwel, ook, beideDutch
  • albo, też nie, którykolwiek, ani, obojętnie który, obaPolish
  • يا, لا, دواړهPashto, Pushto
  • ou, ambos, tampouco, [[também]] [[não]]Portuguese
  • oricare, amândoi, fiecare, niciRomanian
  • любой, каждый, один из двух, также не, либо, илиRussian
  • buď, aleboSlovak
  • endera, antingen, båda, heller, vilken som, eller, varderaSwedish

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