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neither

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conjunction nei·ther \ˈnē-thər also ˈnī-\

Simple Definition of neither

  • : also not

Full Definition of neither

  1. 1 :  not either <neither black nor white>

  2. 2 :  also not <neither did I>

Usage Discussion of neither

Although use with or is neither archaic nor wrong, neither is usually followed by nor. A few commentators think that neither must be limited in reference to two, but reference to more than two has been quite common since the 17th century <rigid enforcement of antique decorum will help neither language, literature, nor literati — James Sledd>.

Origin of neither

Middle English, alteration (influenced by either) of nauther, nother, from Old English nāhwæther, nōther, from nā, nō not + hwæther which of two, whether


First Known Use: 12th century


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neither

pronoun nei·ther

Simple Definition of neither

  • : not the one and not the other of two people or things

Full Definition of neither

  1. :  not the one or the other of two or more

Usage Discussion of neither

Some commentators insist that neither must be used with a singular verb. It generally is, but especially when a prepositional phrase intervenes between it and the verb, a plural verb is quite common <neither of those ideal solutions are in sight — C. P. Snow>.

Examples of neither

  1. Which one do you want? Neither, thanks.

  2. Neither of them dances well.

  3. There are two flashlights, neither of which works.



13th Century

First Known Use of neither

13th century

Rhymes with neither


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neither

adjective nei·ther

Simple Definition of neither

  • : not one or the other of two people or things

Full Definition of neither

  1. :  not either <neither hand>

Examples of neither

  1. Which answer is correct? Neither one.



14th Century

First Known Use of neither

14th century


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neither

adverb nei·ther

Definition of neither

  1. 1 chiefly dialect :  either

  2. 2 :  similarly not :  also not <just as the serf was not permitted to leave the land, so neither was his offspring — G. G. Coulton>



1551

First Known Use of neither

1551



NEITHER Defined for Kids

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neither

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conjunction nei·ther \ˈnē-thər, ˈnī-\

Definition of neither

  1. 1 :  not either <His grades were neither good nor bad.>

  2. 2 :  also not <Our parents did not want to go and neither did we.>




2

neither

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pronoun nei·ther

Definition of neither

  1. :  not the one and not the other <Neither of the bottles is full.>




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neither

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adjective nei·ther

Definition of neither

  1. :  not either <Neither answer is correct.>





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