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[nair-ee] /ˈnɛər i/
adjective, Older Use.
not any; no; never a:
nary a sound.
Origin of nary
1740-50; variant of ne'er a never a Unabridged
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  • Not a plank left in the dam, and nary a bridge on the river.
  • He was then perfunctory-marched through two days of interviews by depressed handlers, with nary a call later.
  • They said nary a word and the service was uninterrupted.
  • There was a nary a soul who wasn't aware of my quest to enter the profession.
  • There was nary a word officially from the organization.
  • Every foot of the proposed area is already federally owned, and nary a soul lives on it, so audible opposition is limited.
  • They displays are crisp, clean and buttonless, with nary a button on the face.
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  • But it is unfortunate that much of the mainstream media largely bought their cover story with nary a question.
British Dictionary definitions for nary


(dialect) not; never: nary a man was left
Word Origin
C19: variant of ne'er a never a
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Word Origin and History for nary

1746, alteration of ne'er a, short for never a.

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