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Definitions for neither
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.


  1. neither

    Neither refers to not one thing nor the other; it is used to indicate two things that are both not applicable or relevant in a given situation. It implies the absence of both options or the rejection of both alternatives.

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. Mother Teresa:

    When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.

  2. Stephen Heder:

    What Frank Snepp have seen in all cases is that unless the U.S. has a politically viable domestic partner, neither limited nor massive military intervention is going to succeed.

  3. John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause who at best, if he wins, knows the thrills of high achievement, and, if he fails, at least fails daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

  4. Chuck Ardo:

    I can neither confirm, deny, or otherwise comment.

  5. Thomas Sowell:

    Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. In area after area - crime, education, housing, race relations - the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them.

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