\ nər, ˈnȯr How to pronounce nor (audio) , Southern also ˈnär \

Definition of nor

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 used as a function word to introduce the second or last member or the second and each following member of a series of items each of which is negated neither here nor therenot done by you nor me nor anyone
2 used as a function word to introduce and negate a following clause or phrase
3 chiefly British : neither

Definition of nor (Entry 2 of 4)

: than

Definition of nor- (Entry 3 of 4)

: homologue containing one less methyl group norepinephrine


\ ˈnȯr How to pronounce NOR (audio) \

Definition of NOR (Entry 4 of 4)

: a computer logic (see logic sense 1d) circuit that produces an output that is the inverse (see inverse entry 2 sense 3) of that of an OR circuit

Is it neither nor or neither or?: Usage Guide

Conjunction (1)

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

First Known Use of nor

Conjunction (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Conjunction (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above


1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nor

Conjunction (1)

Middle English, contraction of nother neither, nor, from nother, pronoun & adjective, neither — more at neither

Conjunction (2)

Middle English, perhaps from nor entry 1

Combining form



not OR

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The first known use of nor was in the 14th century

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“Nor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nor. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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\ nər How to pronounce nor (audio) , ˈnȯr \

Kids Definition of nor

: and not neither young nor old

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