anymore


any·more

adverb \ˌe-nē-ˈmr\

: in the recent or present period of time

Full Definition of ANYMORE

1
:  any longer <I was not moving anymore with my feet — Anaïs Nin>
2
:  at the present time :  now <hardly a day passes without rain anymore>

Usage Discussion of ANYMORE

Although both anymore and any more are found in written use, in the 20th century anymore is the more common styling. Anymore is regularly used in negative <no one can be natural anymore — May Sarton>, interrogative <do you read much anymore?>, and conditional <if you do that anymore, I'll leave> contexts and in certain positive constructions <the Washingtonian is too sophisticated to believe anymore in solutions — Russell Baker>. In many regions of the United States the use of anymore in sense 2 is quite common in positive constructions, especially in speech <everybody's cool anymore — Bill White> <every time we leave the house anymore, I play a game called “Stump the Housebreaker” — Erma Bombeck>. The positive use appears to have been of Midland origin, but it is now reported to be widespread in all speech areas of the United States except New England.

Examples of ANYMORE

  1. I never see them anymore.
  2. <they don't sell that kind of sandwich anymore>

First Known Use of ANYMORE

14th century

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