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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Frequently Asked Questions About neither

How do you pronounce neither?

Neither has two acceptable pronunciations. Its first syllable can sound like knee or like nigh.

Is it 'neither is' or 'neither are'?

Neither is usually used with a singular verb, as in "Neither one is here." But sometimes, especially when a prepositional phrase with a plural in it comes between neither and the verb, a plural verb is used, as in "Neither of those are going to work."

Does neither mean "two"?

Neither is most often an adjective meaning "not one or the other of two people or things."

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, 9 May 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, 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, 9 Feb. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Virginia statute doesn't specify that a candidate's signature is needed and neither does the form. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, 27 Aug. 2021 Photographs from the events show that few of those who met with the governor wore masks, and neither did Mr. Abbott, who has prohibited local governments from mandating them. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2021 Sixty-three percent of Black male applicants didn’t make it past the background investigation stage, and neither did 56% of Black female candidates. Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com, 8 July 2021 Your plan doesn’t have to be perfect, and neither does the implementation. Forbes, 28 June 2021 Tauchman didn’t get his way, and neither did the Giants, who fell 3-2 in the opener of a two-game series. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 June 2021 The league did neither, throwing out all the substances to which pitchers have gotten accustomed, and threatening to throw out the pitchers too. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2021 In mixed and conservative areas, workers said, employer policies were often the only thing standing between them and customers who were neither masked nor vaccinated. New York Times, 2 June 2021 McKenzie Parker reaches on a bunt, miscommunication between Brooke Yanez and Rachel Cid and neither can field it or attempt a throw, ruled an error on Cid. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 24 May 2021

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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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Time Traveler for neither

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

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Dictionary Entries Near neither

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“Neither.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neither. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for neither

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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