Alternative forms Edit
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈnɛv.ə(ɹ)/
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- (US) IPA(key): /ˈnɛv.ɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ɛvə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: nev‧er
never (not comparable)
- At no time; on no occasion; in no circumstance.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1980, Gerald Ford, “Boyhood—and Beyond”, in A Time to Heal, New York: Berkley Books, →ISBN, page 95:
- "You don't believe the Soviet Union is going to reduce its defense budget, do you?" Boggs asked.
Premier Chou didn't wait for the translator to finish. "Never, never, never," he replied in perfect English.
- 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.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:never
- Not at any other time; not on any other occasion; not previously.
- 1813 January 27, [Jane Austen], Pride and Prejudice: […], volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), London: […] [George Sidney] for T[homas] Egerton, […], →OCLC:
- "He is just what a young man ought to be," said she, "sensible, good-humoured, lively; and I never saw such happy manners!--so much ease, with such perfect good breeding!"
- 1908, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, Chapter XIII: The Delights of Anticipation,
- I never saw such an infatuated man.
- (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 terms Edit
Terms derived from never
- a dumb priest never got a parish
- a magician never reveals his secrets
- a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor
- a watched kettle never boils
- a watched pot never boils
- a watched pot never boils over
- a wild goose never laid a tame egg
- a woman's work is never done
- barking dogs never bite
- better late than never
- cheaters never prosper
- cheats never prosper
- do a never
- faint heart never won fair lady
- first of never
- I have never
- I never did
- I thought you'd never ask
- it never rains but it pours
- it never rains but that it pours
- it's never too late to mend
- I've never heard it called that before
- lightning never strikes twice in the same place
- misfortunes never come alone
- misfortunes never come singly
- nearly never bulled a cow
- never a dull moment
- never again
- never ask the barber if you need a haircut
- never been kissed
- never change a running system
- never eat Shredded Wheat
- never event
- never ever
- never ever have I
- never fear
- never fight a land war in Asia
- never have I ever
- never in a million years
- never in a month of Sundays
- never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake
- never judge a book by its cover
- never look a gift horse in the mouth
- never meet your heroes
- never mind
- never-never land
- never put off until tomorrow what you can do today
- never say die
- never say never
- never sick at sea
- never smoker
- never start a land war in Asia
- never the twain shall meet
- never Trumper
- never trust me
- never you mind
- now or never
- one should never meet one's heroes
- on the never never
- the apple never falls far from the tree
- the camera never lies
- the course of true love never did run smooth
- the fox may grow grey but never good
- the wolf may lose his teeth but never his nature
- tomorrow never comes
- wonders never cease
- you are never too old to learn
- you'll never guess
- you never know
- you never know what you've got till it's gone
- you never miss the water till the well runs dry
- you never miss the water until the well runs dry
- you're never too old to learn
at no time
- A statement of defiance
Derived terms Edit
Norwegian Bokmål Edit
Etymology 1 Edit
Etymology 2 Edit
- “never” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
Norwegian Nynorsk Edit
- “never” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
- (Sutsilvan) Alternative form of