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ˈni ðər, ˈnaɪ-nei·ther

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. neitheradjective

    not either; not one or the other


  1. neitheradverb

    similarly not

    Just as you would not correct it, neither would I.

  2. neitherpronoun

    not either one

    ... because neither is correct.

  3. neitherconjunction

    not either (used with nor)

  4. Etymology: Alteration (after either) of nauther, from nawþer, contraction of nahwæþer, corresponding to no + whether.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NEITHERconjunct.

    Etymology: nawðer , Saxon, ne either.

    Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king. 1 Kings xxii. 31.

    Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it. Gen. iii. 3.

    If it be thought that it is the greatness of distance, whereby the sound cannot be heard; we see that lightnings and coruscations, near at hand, yield no sound neither. Francis Bacon.

    Men come not to the knowledge of which are thought innate, ’till they come to the use of reason, nor then neither. John Locke.

  2. Neitherpronoun.

    Not either; nor one nor other.

    He neither loves,
    Nor either cares for him. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleo.

    Which of them shall I take?
    Both, one, or neither? neither can be enjoy’d
    If both remain alive. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    Suffice it that he’s dead; all wrongs die with him:
    Thus I absolve myself, and excuse him,
    Who sav’d my life and honour, but praise neither. Dryd.

    Experience makes us sensible of both, though our narrow understandings can comprehend neither. John Locke.

    They lived with the friendship and equality of brethren, neither lord, neither slave to his brother; but independent of each other. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Neitheradjective

    not either; not the one or the other

  2. Neither

    not either; generally used to introduce the first of two or more coordinate clauses of which those that follow begin with nor

  3. Etymology: [OE. neither, nother, nouther, AS. nwer, nhwaeer; n never, not + hwaeer whether. The word has followed the form of either. See No, and Whether, and cf. Neuter, Nor.]


  1. Neither

    Neither is the only opera by Morton Feldman, dating from 1977. The libretto consists of a 56-line poem by Samuel Beckett. Beckett and Feldman had met in Berlin in 1976, with plans for a collaboration for Rome Opera. Beckett told Feldman that he himself did not like opera, and Feldman had agreed with Beckett's sentiment. The work is for a soprano soloist and chamber orchestra. It could more properly be called a monodrama, but given Feldman's own disdain for opera, it can be described as an anti-opera.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Neither

    nē′thėr, or nī′thėr, adj. and pron. not either.—conj. not either: and not: nor yet.—adv. not at all: in no case. [A.S. ther, náwther, abbrev. of náhwætherne, not, áhwæther, áwther, either.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'neither' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1892

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'neither' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3195

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'neither' in Adverbs Frequency: #163

Anagrams for neither »

  1. therein

  2. etherin

  3. enherit

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of neither in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of neither in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of neither in a Sentence

  1. Steven Woolfe:

    Over the course of this leadership election, the NEC has proven it is not fit for purpose and it confirmed many members' fears that it is neither effective nor professional in the way it governs the party.

  2. Kyle Kashuv:

    First, they began berating my tweet, although neither of them had read it; then they began aggressively asking questions about who I went to the range with, whose gun we used, about my father, etc. They were incredibly condescending and rude.

  3. Kelly Clarkson:

    I just hope [River Rose] finds love, it took me a while, man. And there was a lot of heartache throughout those years. You know, as long as she’s happy, I don’t care either way, and neither does my husband. And we have two other kids as well, and we don’t care either way for all of them.

  4. Michael Cohen:

    Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Stephanie Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly.

  5. Alexander Herzen:

    No one is to blame. It is neither their fault nor ours. It is the misfortune of being born when a whole world is dying.

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    declare untrue; contradict
    • A. deny
    • B. interrupt
    • C. restore
    • D. refine

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