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[nou-uh-deyz] /ˈnaʊ əˌdeɪz/
at the present day; in these times:
Few people do their laundry by hand nowadays.
the present:
The kitchens of nowadays are much more efficient than when I was a boy.
Origin of nowadays
1325-75; Middle English nou adaies; see now, a-1, day, -s1 Unabridged
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  • There is, of course, the highest use of all; but it has nowadays many other uses.

    A Short History of England G. K. Chesterton
  • nowadays, when we hear of another marvelous invention we are very proud.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • nowadays the traveller gets into the train at Rome and goes south by express.

    A Tramp's Notebook Morley Roberts
  • Wiseli's eyes shone with satisfaction as they seldom did nowadays.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • Most girls, nowadays, would give a lot for a few solid vows, a few unshrinkable signs of devotion and a really convincing kiss.

    A Guide to Men Helen Rowland
British Dictionary definitions for nowadays


in these times
Word Origin
C14: from now + adays from Old English a on + dæges genitive of day
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Word Origin and History for nowadays

late 14c., contracted from Middle English nou adayes (mid-14c.), from now + adayes "during the day," with adverbial genitive (see day).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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