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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈnɛv.ə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈnɛ.vɚ/, [ˈnɛvɚ̹]
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  • Rhymes: -ɛvə(ɹ)
  • Hyphenation: nev‧er


From Middle English nevere, navere, nævere, from Old English nǣfre (never), equivalent to ne +‎ ever.


never (not comparable)

  1. At no time; on no occasion; in no circumstance.
    • 1634, William Shakespeare, John Fletcher, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Act 2, Scene 4,
      Why should I love this Gentleman? Tis odds / He never will affect me;
    • 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.
    • 1908, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, Chapter XXI: A New Departure in Flavorings,
      "I never thought you were so fond of Mr. Phillips that you'd require two handkerchiefs to dry your tears just because he was going away," said Marilla.
    • 1919, B. G. Jefferis, J. L. Nichols, Searchlights on Health: Sensible Rules for the Nurse,
      Never speak of the symptoms of your patient in his presence, unless questioned by the doctor, whose orders you are always to obey implicitly.
    I finally finished, and I never want to do that again.
    I repeated the test a hundred times, and never saw a positive result.
    I will never tell.
  2. Not at any other time; not on any other occasion; not previously.
  3. (colloquial) Negative particle (used to negate verbs in the simple past tense; also used absolutely).
    The police say I stole the car, but I never did it.
    You said you were going to mow the lawn today. – I never!
    I never saw him today.


Derived termsEdit

Terms derived from never






  1. 2nd person singular present indicative form of nevērt
  2. 3rd person singular present indicative form of nevērt
  3. 3rd person plural present indicative form of nevērt
  4. 2rd singular imperative form of nevērt
  5. (with the particle lai) 3rd person singular imperative form of nevērt
  6. (with the particle lai) 3rd person plural imperative form of nevērt

Norwegian BokmålEdit


never m

  1. indefinite plural of neve


Alternative formsEdit

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Puter, Vallader) naiver
  • (Sursilvan, Surmiran) neiver


From neiv or from Vulgar Latin *nivicō, *nivicāre < *nivō, nivāre, from Latin nix, nivis, from Proto-Indo-European *nígʷʰs, *snígʷʰs (snow).



  1. (Sutsilvan) to snow

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