Word of the Day

Thursday, July 19, 2012

nary

\NAIR-ee\ , adjective;
1.
Not any; no; never a.
Quotes:
The loch, calm and clear, with nary a breeze to ripple its placid surface, was located within walking distance of Bracklenaer.
-- Rebecca Sinclair, Perfect Strangers
Fish for sale, fish for sale. Fresh, fresh, fresh, fresh. Pickerel and perch, pike and pout, bass and sunnies, but nary a trout.
-- Howard Frank Mosher, On Kingdom Mountain
Origin:
Nary was common in English in the 1700s as an abbreviation of the phrase "ne'er a" meaning "never a."
POWERED BY 4INFO
Get Word of the Day
Free Email Sign Up
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
About PRIVACY POLICY Terms Careers Advertise with Us Contact Us Our Blog Suggest a Word Help