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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English evere, 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).

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ever ‎(not comparable)

  1. Always.
    It was ever thus.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter IX, The Younger Set:
      “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; []. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, and from time to time squinting sideways, as usual, in the ever-renewed expectation that he might catch a glimpse of his stiff, retroussé moustache.
  2. At any time.
    If that ever happens, we’re in deep trouble.  He's back and better than ever.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 3, in The Celebrity:
      Now all this was very fine, but not at all in keeping with the Celebrity's character as I had come to conceive it. The idea that adulation ever cloyed on him was ludicrous in itself. In fact I thought the whole story fishy, and came very near to saying so.
  3. In any way.
    How can I ever get there in time?
  4. (informal) As intensifier.
    Was I ever glad to see you!  Did I ever!  After that experience, I will never ever do it again!

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ever ‎(not comparable)

  1. (epidemiology) Occurring at any time, occurring even but once during a timespan.
    • 1965, Reuben Hill, The family and population control: a Puerto Rican experiment in social change
      This family empathy measure is highly related to ever use of birth control but not to any measure of continuous use.

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ever

  1. (dialectal and informal) Shortening of every
    • 1989, Connie Jordan Green, The War at Home, page 16:
      "Ever place you look there's houses and more houses."
    • 2011, Lee Smith, Oral History (ISBN 1101565616)
      Queen Anne's lace ever place you look.
    • 2011, Michael Blair, Nub and Bow in History, page 27:
      A sign at the entrance to the road going up Snake Hollow reads, “Snake Hollow is a wonderful place to be, Ever place you look there is a beautiful green tree. Snake Hollow makes you feel alive and free.” Lets keep it that way, for you and me.

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Most common English words before 1923: young · place · give · #155: ever · saw · things · left

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EtymologyEdit

From Old Dutch *evur, from Proto-Germanic *eburaz, from Indo-European *h₁eperos. Cognate with Latin aper, Proto-Slavic veprъ ( > Serbian vepar).

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ever m ‎(plural evers, diminutive evertje n)

  1. wild boar

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EtymologyEdit

From English ever.

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ever

  1. (colloquial, youth slang) ever (with superlative)
    Das war das geilste Konzert ever.
    That was the greatest concert ever.

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