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Definition of "neither" []

  • Not one or the other; not either: Neither shoe feels comfortable. (adjective)
  • Not either one; not the one or the other: Neither of the twins is here. Neither will do. Neither of them is incorrect. (pronoun)
  • Not either; not in either case. Used with the correlative conjunction nor: Neither we nor they want it. She neither called nor wrote. I got neither the gift nor the card. (conjunction)
  • Also not: If he won't go, neither will she. (conjunction)
  • Similarly not; also not: Just as you would not, so neither would they. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "neither" in a sentence
  • "For his own part, Adams inclined to think that neither chaos nor death was an object to him as a searcher of knowledge, —neither would have vogue in America, —neither would help him to a career."
  • "I ought to make him feel that I can do without his riches, that I cannot be bought, —neither by comfort, neither by pride, —and though I be utterly penniless, and receiving bread from him, that he is the poor man beside me."
  • "_neuter_ means _neither; _ from which it follows, that neuter gender implies neither gender; that is, neither masculine nor feminine."