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neither

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

Definition of neither

1 :not either
  • neither black nor white
2 :also not
  • neither did I

Is it neither nor or neither or?

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 for several hundred years.
    • rigid enforcement of antique decorum will help neither language, literature, nor literati
    • —James Sledd


Origin and Etymology 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


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neither

pronoun

Definition of neither

:not the one or the other of two or more

Does neither take a singular or plural verb?

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 in a Sentence

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

  2. Neither of them dances well.

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

Origin and Etymology of neither


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neither

adjective

Definition of neither

:not either
  • neither hand

Examples of neither in a Sentence

  1. Which answer is correct? Neither one.

Origin and Etymology of neither


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neither

adverb

Definition of neither

1 chiefly dialectal :either
2 :similarly not :also not
  • just as the serf was not permitted to leave the land, so neither was his offspring
  • —G. G. Coulton

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Origin and Etymology of neither


NEITHER Defined for English Language Learners

neither

play
conjunction

Definition of neither for English Language Learners

  • : also not


neither

pronoun

Definition of neither for English Language Learners

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


neither

adjective

Definition of neither for English Language Learners

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


NEITHER Defined for Kids

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neither

play
conjunction nei·ther \ ˈnē-t͟hər , ˈnī- \

Definition of neither for Students

1 :not either
  • His grades were neither good nor bad.
2 :also not
  • Our parents did not want to go and neither did we.

2

neither

pronoun

Definition of neither for Students

:not the one and not the other
  • Neither of the bottles is full.

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neither

adjective

Definition of neither for Students

:not either
  • Neither answer is correct.


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