From Middle English any, eny, ony, ani, aniȝ, eniȝ, æniȝ, from Old English ǣniġ (“any”), from Proto-Germanic *ainagaz, from Proto-Germanic *ainaz (“one”), equivalent to one + -y. Cognate to Saterland Frisian eenich (“some”), West Frisian iennich (“only”), Dutch enig (“any, some”), German Low German enig (“some”), German einig (“some”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɛnɪ/
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɛni/, (obsolete, dialectal and historical) /ˈæni/
- (Ireland, Newfoundland) IPA(key): /ˈæni/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɛni/
- (pin–pen merger) IPA(key): /ˈɪni/
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- Rhymes: -ɛni, -æni
- (US) Homophone: innie (pin-pen)
- (Ireland, Newfoundland, UK obsolete) Homophone: Annie
any (not comparable)
- 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!
- That doesn't bother me any. (chiefly US usage)
- 1934, Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance, 1992 Bantam edition, →ISBN, page 58:
- I wasn't any too easy in my mind.
- 1934, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in Murder on the Orient Express, London: HarperCollins, published 2017, page 104:
- 'That wouldn't surprise me any.'
- (chiefly in the negative) One at all; at least one; at least one kind of; some; a positive quantity of.
- Do you have any biscuits?
- Do you have any food?
- I haven't got any money.
- It won't do you any good.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Matthew xi:27:
- No man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter I, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
- 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:
- 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.
- No matter what kind.
- Choose any items you want.
- Any person may apply.
- Press any key to continue.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
- 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.
- any and all
- any and every
- any day
- any fule kno
- any hole's a goal
- any longer
- any minute now
- any nook or cranny
- any old
- any other business
- any port in a storm
- any press is good press
- any time now
- any time soon
- any way one slices it
- anymore, any more
- anyroad, any road
- anytime, any time
- anyway, any way
- at any event
- at any given moment
- at any hand
- at any rate
- by any chance
- by any means
- by any stretch
- for any sake
- getting any
- in any case
- in any event
- just any
- know any better
- on any view
- with any luck
at least one (kind)
no matter what kind
- Any thing(s) or person(s).
- Any may apply.
Any things or persons
- any at OneLook Dictionary Search
From Latin annus, from Proto-Italic *atnos, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂et-no-, probably from *h₂et- (“to go”).
any m (plural anys)
- un home de 26 anys
- a 26-year-old man
- Quants anys tens?
- How old are you?
- “any” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
- “any” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.
- Alternative form of ani
- Alternative form of anoy
- Alternative form of anoyen
- Alternative form of anũ
- Navarro, Eduardo de Almeida; 2013; Dicionário do Tupi Antigo: a língua indígena clássica do Brasil; São Paulo: Global.
- Alternative form of aany
- 1867, “A YOLA ZONG”, in SONGS, ETC. IN THE DIALECT OF FORTH AND BARGY, number 6:
- Yith w'had any lhuck, oor naame wode b' zung.
- If we had any luck, our name would have been sung.
- Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 86