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Meaning of neither by Wiktionary Dictionary

neither


    Etymology

    Alteration ( after either ) of nauther, from Old English nawþer, contraction of nahwæþer, corresponding to no + whether .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈniː.ðə/, /ˈnaɪ.ðə/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈni.ðɚ/, /ˈnaɪ.ðɚ/
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    • Rhymes: -iːðə( ɹ ), -aɪðə( ɹ )

    Determiner

    neither

    1. not one of two; not either
      Neither definition seems correct .

    Conjunction

    neither

    1. not either ( used with nor )
      Neither I nor you like it .
      Neither now, nor ever will he forsake his mother .

    Adverb

    neither ( not comparable )

    1. ( conjunctive ) similarly not
      Just as you would not correct it, neither would I .

    Usage notes

    • Examples:
    Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;
    But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
    When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!" — Rudyard Kipling

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Explanation of neither by Wordnet Dictionary

neither


    Adjective
    1. not either



    Definition of neither by GCIDE Dictionary

    neither


    1. Neither ( nēthẽr or nīthẽr; 277 ), a. [OE. neither, nother, nouther, AS. nāwðer, nāhwaeðer; nā never, not + hwaeðer whether. The word has followed the form of either. See No, and Whether, and cf. Neuter, Nor.] Not either; not the one or the other.

      Which of them shall I take?

      Both? one? or neither? Neither can be enjoyed,

      If both remain alive. Shak.

      He neither loves,

      Nor either cares for him. Shak.

    2. Neither, conj. Not either; generally used to introduce the first of two or more coordinate clauses of which those that follow begin with nor.

      Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king. 1 Kings xxii. 31.

      Hadst thou been firm and fixed in thy dissent,

      Neither had I transgressed, nor thou with me. Milton.

      When she put it on, she made me vow

      That I should neither sell, nor give, nor lose it. Shak.

      ☞ Neither was formerly often used where we now use nor. “For neither circumcision, neither uncircumcision is anything at all.” Tyndale. “Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it.” Gen. iii. 3. Neither is sometimes used colloquially at the end of a clause to enforce a foregoing negative ( nor, not, no ). “He is very tall, but not too tall neither.” Addison. ” ‘I care not for his thrust' ‘No, nor I neither.'” Shak.

      Not so neither, by no means. [Obs.] Shak.