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



Definition of neither (Entry 2 of 4)

: not the one or the other of two or more



Definition of neither (Entry 3 of 4)

: not either neither hand



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, "Edibles company implicated in Colorado murder lawsuit isn’t covered, insurer says," 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, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb A day after blanking the Twins over 14 innings of a doubleheader, the A’s built early leads of 3-1 and 7-4 but held neither. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's win streak reaches 11 with wild extra-innings win over Twins," 21 Apr. 2021 His original patent drawings do not have Xes over the eyes, as some people claim, and neither did any version of the best-selling doll. oregonlive, "Raggedy Ann House in Ashland: Moving off Lithia Park property today won’t solve all the controversies," 18 Apr. 2021 Authorities have not publicly identified the victim and neither do the records released Tuesday, citing state domestic violence privacy laws. Zach Murdock,, "Distraught Bloomfield woman accused of fatally shooting boyfriend during domestic dispute feared gang retribution, court records show," 13 Apr. 2021 Anne arrives, but André doesn’t recognize her — and neither does the audience, as she’s suddenly played by another actress. Ashley Lee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "How the tragedy in ‘The Father’ taught me a surprisingly hopeful lesson about my own," 22 Mar. 2021 The program dispatches unarmed responders to crises that are neither violent nor criminal. Chris James, CNN, "There's a new approach to police response to mental health emergencies. Taking the police out of it," 2 Apr. 2021 Kuo did not explain how all of the sensors and components that make Face ID possible would fit in the small cutout, and neither did Young in his tweet. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "iPhone SE with bigger screen and hole-punch display supposedly coming soon – here’s when," 1 Apr. 2021 Ianniello answered with two goals to give the Grizzlies a 7-4 lead, but Morrill wasn’t finished in the first half and neither were her teammates. Kyle J. Andrews,, "Livy LaVerghetta, Christina King lift Garrison Forest lacrosse to 13-10 victory over Roland Park," 29 Mar. 2021 Viewers can't necessarily trust anyone, and neither can Emma or Mary. Lydia Wang,, "All The Characters, Hidden Truths, & Famous Faces In Tell Me Your Secrets," 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of neither


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above


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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Cite this Entry

“Neither.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of neither

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: also not



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

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



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

: not one or the other of two people or things


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.



Kids Definition of neither (Entry 2 of 3)

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



Kids Definition of neither (Entry 3 of 3)

: not either Neither answer is correct.

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