See also: ǡny, -any, and -ány



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From Middle English eny, from Old English æniġ, from Proto-Germanic *ainagaz, from Proto-Germanic *ainaz ‎(one), equivalent to one +‎ -y. Cognate to Dutch enig ‎(any, some), German einig ‎(some).



any ‎(not comparable)

  1. To even the slightest extent, at all.
    I will not remain here any longer.
    If you get any taller, you'll start having to duck through doorways!




  1. At least one; of at least one kind. One at all.
    do you have any biscuits?;  do you have any food?;  I haven't got any money;  it won't do you any good
    • Bible, Matthew xi. 27
      No man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity:
      In the old days, to my commonplace and unobserving mind, he gave no evidences of genius whatsoever. He never read me any of his manuscripts, [], and therefore my lack of detection of his promise may in some degree be pardoned.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess[1]:
      Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman's helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.
  2. No matter what kind.
    choose any items you want;  any person may apply
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterI:
      This new-comer was a man who in any company would have seemed striking. In complexion fair, and with blue or gray eyes, he was tall as any Viking, as broad in the shoulder.
    • 2013 July 20, “Welcome to the plastisphere”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
      Plastics are energy-rich substances, which is why many of them burn so readily. Any organism that could unlock and use that energy would do well in the Anthropocene. Terrestrial bacteria and fungi which can manage this trick are already familiar to experts in the field.

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  1. Any thing(s) or person(s).
    Any may apply.



Most common English words before 1923: into · up · your · #58: any · what · do · has




From Old Provençal, from Latin annus, from Proto-Italic *atnos, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂et-no-, probably from *h₂et- ‎(to go).



any m ‎(plural anys)

  1. year
    un home de 26 anys
    a 26-year-old man
    quants anys tens?
    How old are you?