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

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 But barflies can't take afternoons off and neither can Lucero fans. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Miss Day 1 of Forecastle? No worries, here are 5 things you missed!," 14 July 2018 Palmer is one of 100,000 financially active creators on Patreon -- other musical acts include Peter Hollens and Pentatonix, but neither have as many supporters at Palmer. Jed Gottlieb, Billboard, "How Amanda Palmer Is Raising Even More Funding Than She Did on Kickstarter," 11 July 2018 One group took three 45-minute piano lessons each week, one group got the same amount of additional reading instruction, and the final group did neither. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Why You Should Enroll Your Kids in Piano Lessons, According to Science," 1 July 2018 One mother said neither she nor any other family member had been consulted about medication given to her daughter, even though Shiloh had their contact details. NBC News, "U.S. centers force migrant children to take drugs: lawsuit," 21 June 2018 They and many of the supporting characters are complex and compelling - neither all good nor all bad, capable of both cruelty and kindness, vengeance and remorse. Steve Israel, chicagotribune.com, "What's the greatest book about politics? Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich and others weigh in.," 12 July 2018 These stumbling zombies are neither fast, nor slow, but all extremely dumb. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Night Eats the World,’ Zombie Apocalypse Now, Again," 12 July 2018 Neither of us loved Red Mill’s fries, which were neither pleasantly floppy nor properly crispy, nor salty enough. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s top 4 burger spots — ranked by Seattle Times critics," 10 July 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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