neither

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

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

Colorists there gave her a hue that was neither too bright nor too pastel. Devon Abelman, Allure, "28 Pretty Pink Hair-Color Ideas to Inspire Your Next Dye Job," 10 Oct. 2018 Gallant didn't accept the notion expansion teams should be terrible, and so neither did his players. Helene Elliott, latimes.com, "It wasn't supposed to happen this way, but the Golden Knights are bound for the Stanley Cup Final," 21 May 2018 Both sides were enjoying possession in the middle of the park, however neither looked like troubling the opposition goalkeeper, let alone scoring. SI.com, "Torino 1-1 AC Milan: De Silvestri Header Cancels Out Bonaventura Stunner as Milan Are Held By Torino," 18 Apr. 2018 In a harsher light: Senegal needed either a win or a draw against Colombia, and got neither. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "World Cup’s fresh theme: what might have been," 28 June 2018 Stable inflation and low unemployment suggest the U.S. economy is enjoying a Goldilocks moment, running neither too hot nor too cold to cause much hardship for households. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "Unemployment Plunge Raises Stakes in Fed’s Goldilocks Conundrum," 6 May 2018 Yet the first decision came shortly before the Reds opened the scoring, while the second was in the dying moments of injury time - so neither of them could be considered pivotal in the tie. SI.com, "FanView: Why Neither of This Year's UCL Finalists Deserves to Be There & Why They Shouldn't Care," 3 May 2018 Elevator repairman Augustine Reyes and real estate agent Dominique Michelle Garcia are also running for the 29th Congressional District but neither had FEC reports on file yet with the agency. Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle, "Fundraising nears $1 million in hot Houston-area race to replace Gene Green," 1 Feb. 2018 But that respect will neither be given, nor earned, by any undue concessions to the Putin regime. Colin Dueck, National Review, "How to Defend the West," 7 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

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

Pronoun

see neither entry 1

Adjective

see neither entry 1

Adverb

see neither entry 1

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Time Traveler for neither

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, 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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