Meaning of “neither” in the English Dictionary


"neither" in English

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neitherdeterminer, pronoun, conjunction, adverb

uk /ˈnaɪ.ðər/ /ˈniː.ðər/ us /ˈnaɪ.ðɚ/ /ˈniː.ðɚ/

B2 not either of two things or people:

We've got two TVs, but neither works properly.
Neither of my parents likes my boyfriend.
Neither one of us is interested in gardening.
"Which one would you choose?" "Neither. They're both terrible."
If she doesn't agree to the plan, neither will Tom (= he will also not).
Chris wasn't at the meeting and neither was her assistant.
informal "I don't feel like going out this evening." "Me neither."
On two occasions she was accused of stealing money from the company, but in neither case was there any evidence to support the claims.
neither ... nor

B2 used when you want to say that two or more things are not true:

Neither my mother nor my father went to university.
They speak neither French nor German, but a strange mixture of the two.
I neither know nor care what happened to him.

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(Definition of “neither” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"neither" in American English

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neitherpronoun, conjunction, adjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈni·ðər, ˈnɑɪ-/

not one and not the other of two things or people:

They have two TVs but neither one works.
Neither of my brothers could come to the party.
infml "I don’t feel like going out tonight." "Me neither."

(Definition of “neither” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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