never-never

noun
plural -s

Definition of never-never 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 or never-never land or less commonly never-never country

a(1) Australia : sparsely settled country in the northern and western part of Queensland

(2) : a remote or sparsely settled region : a barren or frontier area

(1) never-never land : an ideal or imaginary place or region that never-never land of true romance and pure love— Rollene W. Saal

(2) : an exotic place a never-never land of poodles and chauffeurs— Kathryn Livingston also : an absurd or indeterminate situation was capital disappearing into an unproductive never-never land? — Gregg Easterbrook

2 : an illusory existence

3 [ reduplication of never ] British : a system of installment purchase

never-never

adjective

Definition of never-never (Entry 2 of 2)

: characterized by an imaginary, idealistic, or fantastic quality the never-never rhetoric … which had to do with perfect justice and perfect harmony— Jane Kramer

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First Known Use of never-never

Noun

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for never-never

Noun

short for never-never land, probably from reduplication of never + land

Adjective

never-never land

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