neither

conjunction
nei·​ther | \ ˈnē-t͟hər How to pronounce neither (audio) also ˈnī- How to pronounce neither (audio) \

Definition of neither

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

neither

pronoun

Definition of neither (Entry 2 of 4)

: not the one or the other of two or more

neither

adjective

Definition of neither (Entry 3 of 4)

: not either neither hand

neither

adverb

Definition of neither (Entry 4 of 4)

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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Is it neither nor or neither or?: Usage Guide

Conjunction

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

Does neither take a singular or plural verb?: Usage Guide

Pronoun

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

Pronoun

“Which one do you want?” “Neither, thanks.” Neither of them dances well. There are two flashlights, neither of which works.

Adjective

“Which answer is correct?” “Neither one.”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Conjunction

Neither this Denver attorney nor Gaia’s Garden has returned a request for comment. Emma Gannon, The Cannabist, "Edibles company implicated in Colorado murder lawsuit isn’t covered, insurer says," 9 May 2017 Regardless, neither O’Reilly nor Ailes reached the heights of depravity that Bill Clinton so blatantly did. Ed Rogers, The Denver Post, "Fox News will never be the same," 20 Apr. 2017 Neither the communications director nor the CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, which spends more than $20 million per year promoting wind power, would comment on the rural opposition to wind turbines. Robert Bryce, Twin Cities, "Robert Bryce: Wind is not the answer," 11 Apr. 2017 Neither the PUC nor the Legislature has a clear path to step in and amend the agreement in a way that would protect ratepayers from an IRS ruling. Mercury News Editorial Board, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Don’t make ratepayers pay for PG&E’s sins," 9 Feb. 2017 Though neither acknowledged it, and the links were not immediately known, online security experts later concluded that both were Russian fronts. Max Fisher, Orange County Register, "Russian hackers find ready bullhorns," 9 Jan. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Whether created by a baker who forgot to add flour to his batter or invented for an Austrian princess who married the King of Naples—or both, or neither—this chocolate-nut torte has become a staple on the island of Capri for good reason. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "A Chocolate Cake Recipe That’s Seriously Intense," 31 May 2018 Guerrant would not say whether either had been investigated by the university for wrongdoing, but confirmed neither had faced suspensions. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "MSU trainers knew Nassar issues but are still on job, ex-athletes say," 30 Mar. 2018 Ultimately, true gender affirming care could include medical professionals using the correct pronouns for patients, providing proper mental health care, providing hormones, or surgery, both, or neither. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "What Trying to Access Health Care is Like for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People," 24 Oct. 2018 Subjects were asked whether the patterns were perfect matches, precisely symmetrical, or neither. Nick Chater, WSJ, "You See Less Than You Think," 10 Aug. 2018 Each categorized herself as a definite evening or morning type, a somewhat morning or evening type, or neither. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Night Owls May Have Higher Depression Risk," 20 June 2018 These are neither pro- nor anti-Kremlin but are simply outside the system. The Economist, "A new generation is rising in Russia," 22 Mar. 2018 But none of the problems Gore faces is going away anytime soon and neither is his election opponent, Cmdr. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Sheriff Gore faces growing problems," 25 Feb. 2018 They are positioned to be buyers, sellers, both or neither. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers at NBA trade deadline: Buy, sell or stand pat?," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of neither

Conjunction

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Pronoun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for neither

Conjunction, Pronoun, Adjective, and Adverb

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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The first known use of neither was in the 12th century

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neither

conjunction

English Language Learners Definition of neither

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: also not

neither

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of neither (Entry 2 of 3)

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

neither

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of neither (Entry 3 of 3)

: not one or the other of two people or things

neither

conjunction
nei·​ther | \ ˈnē-t͟hər How to pronounce neither (audio) , ˈnī-\

Kids Definition of neither

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

neither

pronoun

Kids Definition of neither (Entry 2 of 3)

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

neither

adjective

Kids Definition of neither (Entry 3 of 3)

: not either Neither answer is correct.

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