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. Public Affairs William Booher:

    When it comes to moving water, obviously you should try to get to high ground and get away from flooding whenever possible, don’t put yourself into moving water. If you have standing water, you certainly don’t want to drive or walk through that either if you can’t see to the bottom of it.

  2. Alex Conant:

    It will be a difficult vote for many red-state Democrats who risk upsetting either their left-wing base or their home state constituents, democrats want to push the vote until after the election to spare Democrats up for re-election from casting a tough vote.

  3. Rand Paul:

    I'd either sell or turn over all the land management to the states, i don't think the federal government needs to be involved.

  4. Adnan Abdelkarim:

    In the event the regime advances..., either we will die storming the Turkish wall and fleeing with our families...or slaughter ourselves by turning ourselves over.

  5. Louise Erdrich:

    Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” ― Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum LP

Images & Illustrations of either

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