- ( RP ) IPA: /ˈɛvə/, X-SAMPA: /"Ev@/
- ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˈɛvɚ/, X-SAMPA: /"Ev@`/
- Rhymes: -ɛvə( r )
- Hyphenation: ev‧er
From Middle English, from Old English ǣfre, originally a phrase whose first element undoubtedly consists of Old English ā "ever, always" + in "in" + an element possibly from fēore ( nominative feorh ) "life, existence". Compare Old English ā tō fēore "ever in life", Old English feorhlīf ( “life” ) .
Explanation of ever by Wordnet Dictionary
at all times
at any time
- Ever adv. [OE. ever, æfre, AS. æfre; perh. akin to AS. ā always. Cf. Aye, Age,Evry, Never.] [Sometimes contracted into e'er.]
1. At any time; at any period or point of time.
No man ever yet hated his own flesh. Eph. v. 29.
2. At all times; through all time; always; forever.
He shall ever love, and always be
The subject of by scorn and cruelty. Dryder.
3. Without cessation; continually.
☞ Ever is sometimes used as an intensive or a word of enforcement. “His the old man e'er a son?” Shak.
To produce as much as ever they can. M. Arnold.
Ever and anon, now and then; often. See under Anon. -- Ever is one, continually; constantly. [Obs.] Chaucer. -- Ever so, in whatever degree; to whatever extent; -- used to intensify indefinitely the meaning of the associated adjective or adverb. See Never so, under Never. “Let him be ever so rich.” Emerson.
And all the question ( wrangle e'er so long ),
Is only this, if God has placed him wrong. Pope.
You spend ever so much money in entertaining your equals and betters. Thackeray.
-- For ever, eternally. See Forever. -- For ever and a day, emphatically forever. Shak.
She [Fortune] soon wheeled away, with scornful laughter, out of sight for ever and day. Prof. Wilson.
-- Or ever ( for or ere ), before. See Or, ere. [Archaic]
Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven
Or ever I had seen that day, Horatio! Shak.
☞ Ever is sometimes joined to its adjective by a hyphen, but in most cases the hyphen is needless; as, ever memorable, ever watchful, ever burning.
Definition of ever by GCIDE Dictionary