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navel {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: navil (obsolete) etymology From Middle English, navel, navele, from Old English nafela, from Proto-Germanic *nabalô (compare West Frisian nâle, Dutch navel, German Nabel), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃nobʰilos 〈*h₃nobʰilos〉 (compare Irish imleac, Latin umbilicus, Ancient Greek ὀμφαλός 〈omphalós〉), diminutive of *h₃nobʰ- 〈*h₃nobʰ-〉 (compare English nave). More at nave. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈneɪvəl/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) The indentation or bump remain in the abdomen of mammal where the umbilical cord was attach before birth.
  2. The central part or point of anything; the middle. Within the navel of this hideous wood, / Immured in cypress shades, a sorcerer dwells. — Milton.
  3. (historical) An eye on the underside of a carronade for securing it to a carriage.
Synonyms: belly button, umbilicus, see also
  • Alven, venal
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) One who engages in navel-gazing; a person who is introspective to the point of self-obsession.
navel-gazey etymology navel-gazing + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) self-indulgent introspective
navel-gazing etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. (derogatory) excessive focus on oneself; self-indulgent introspection.
  2. disproportionate concentration on a single issue.
Synonyms: omphaloskepsis
Nawlins etymology Imitative of the pronunciation used by some natives of New Orleans.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) New Orleans
Nazi pronunciation
  • /ˈnɑːtsi/, /ˈnætsi/, /ˈnæzi/ (the first pronunciation more closely matches the German pronunciation [näːtsi] and is more common than the second; the third is historical)
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etymology From German Nazi, a shortening of Nationalsozialist, since in German the Nati- in National is pronounced Nazi.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) A member of the (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, commonly called the NSDAP or Nazi Party).
  2. One who subscribes to or advocates (neo-)Nazism or a similarly fascist, racist, xenophobic, ethnicist or anti-Semitic ideology; a neo-Nazi.
  3. (slang, usually, pejorative, sometimes offensive, see usage notes below) One who imposes one’s views on others; one who is considered unfairly oppressive or needlessly strict. (also frequently uncapitalised: nazi) She’s a total grammar Nazi.
  • (one who imposes one’s views on others) As actual Nazis practiced genocide and were responsible for the murder of millions of people during the Second World War, this flippant use is sometimes considered to be offensive and in very poor taste. It is sometimes used to offend, intentionally (e.g. when troll) or out of anger.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (historical) Of or pertaining to the (NSDAP) specifically, or to Nazism, neo-Nazism{{,}} or neo-Nazis more generally.
  2. (by extension) Racist, xenophobic, ethnicist or anti-Semitic.
  3. (by extension) Totalitarian.
nazi etymology See Nazi.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. alternative form of Nazi Auschwitz was a nazi concentration camp.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of Nazi (member of the Nazi Party) The most prominent and well known nazi was Adolf Hitler.
  2. alternative form of Nazi (adherent of a neo-Nazi or similar ideology)
  3. alternative form of Nazi (pejorative: one who imposes views on others) I tried to get into the club, but the door nazi threw me out.
Nazi Germany
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Germany under the regime of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party (from 1933 to 1945).
Synonyms: Third Reich
Naziland etymology Nazi + land
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (derogatory) Any place populated by Nazi.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) Zionazism
Neanderthal {{wikipedia}} etymology From the name of the German valley where was discovered in 1856. The (from German w:Düssel, a small tributary of the + tal) itself was renamed (from and/or ) in the early 19th century to , and again in 1850 to w:Neanderthal, Germany; both names were in honour of the German Calvinist theologian and hymn writer (1650–1680). The surname Neander is a Romanisation of the translation of the original German surname Neumann, for which reason Homo neanderthalensis is sometimes called New man in English. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /niːˈæn.dəˌtɑːl/,“[ Neanderthal]” listed in the '''Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary''' (Cambridge University Press 2009)
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /niːˈæn.dɚˌθɑːl/; {{enPR}}, /niːˈæn.dɚˌtɑːl/,, /niˈændəɹθəl/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to Homines neanderthalenses. The capacity of the Neanderthal skull was 10% larger than that of modern humans.
  2. Old-fashioned, opposed to change (in allusion to Homo neanderthalensis).
  3. Of or pertaining to the in Germany.
Alternative forms: (In sense 1, 2, and 3) Neandertal, (In sense 2) neanderthal
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A specimen of the now extinct species Homo neanderthalensis.
  2. (pejorative) A primitive person.
Alternative forms: (In sense 1 and 2) Neandertal, (In sense 2) neanderthal
neanderthal {{wikipedia}} etymology From the name of the German valley where was discovered in 1856. The (from German w:Düssel, a small tributary of the + tal) itself was renamed (from and/or ) in the early 19th century to , and again in 1850 to w:Neanderthal, Germany; both names were in honour of the German Calvinist theologian and hymn writer (1650–1680). The surname Neander is a Romanisation of the translation of the original German surname Neumann, for which reason Homo neanderthalensis is sometimes called New man in English. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /niːˈæn.dəˌtɑːl/,“[ neanderthal]” listed in the '''Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary''' (© Cambridge University Press 2009), /niːˈæn.dəˌθɑːl/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /niːˈæn.dɚˌθɑːl/; {{enPR}}, /niːˈæn.dɚˌtɑːl/,
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Primitive, old-fashioned, opposed to change (in allusion to the now extinct species Homo neanderthalensis).
Alternative forms: Neanderthal, Neandertal
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A primitive person or a person with old-fashioned ideas or who opposes change.
  2. (usually Neanderthal) A specimen of the now extinct species Homo neanderthalensis.
Alternative forms: Neanderthal, Neandertal
near etymology From Middle English nere, ner, from Old English nēar, influenced by Old Norse nær, both originating from Proto-Germanic *nēhwiz, comparative of the adverb *nēhw. Cognate with ofs niār, Dutch naar, Old High German nāhōr, Danish når, Swedish när. pronunciation
  • (UK) /nɪə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /nɪɹ/
  • (near–square merger) /nɛə/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The left side of a horse or of a team of horses pulling a carriage etc.
Synonyms: near side
  • off side
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Physically close.
    • Dryden He served great Hector, and was ever near, / Not with his trumpet only, but his spear.
  2. Closely connected or related.
    • Bible, Leviticus xviii. 12 She is thy father's near kinswoman.
  3. Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; intimate; dear. a near friend
  4. Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling. a version near to the original
  5. So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow. a near escape
  6. (of an event) Approaching. The end is near.
  7. Approximate, almost. The two words are near synonyms.
  8. (dated) Next to the driver, when he is on foot; (US) on the left of an animal or a team. the near ox; the near leg
  9. (obsolete) Immediate; direct; close; short.
    • Milton the nearest way
  10. (obsolete, slang) Stingy; parsimonious.
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  • remote
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Having a small intervening distance with regard to something. I'm near-sighted.
  2. (colloquial) nearly
    • 1666 Samuel Pepys Diary and Correspondence (1867) ...he hears for certain that the Queen-Mother is about and hath near finished a peace with France....
    • 1825 David Hume, Tobias George Smollett The History of England p. 263 Sir John Friend had very near completed a regiment of horse.
    • 2003 Owen Parry Honor's Kingdom p. 365 Thinking about those pounds and pence, I near forgot my wound.
    • 2004 Jimmy Buffett A Salty Piece of Land p. 315, p. 35 "I damn near forgot." He pulled an envelope from his jacket.
    • 2006 Juliet Marillier The Dark Mirror p. 377 The fire was almost dead, the chamber near dark.
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. Close to, in close proximity to. exampleThere are habitable planets orbiting many of the stars near our Sun.
    • 1820, Mary Shelley, : He entered the inn, and asking for dinner, unbuckled his wallet, and sat down to rest himself near the door.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 17 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “This time was most dreadful for Lilian. Thrown on her own resources and almost penniless, she maintained herself and paid the rent of a wretched room near the hospital by working as a charwoman, sempstress, anything.”
    • 1927, H.P. Lovecraft, : It shied, balked, and whinnied, and in the end he could do nothing but drive it into the yard while the men used their own strength to get the heavy wagon near enough the hayloft for convenient pitching.
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  2. Close to in time. exampleThe voyage was near completion.
Joan Maling (1983) shows that near is best analysed as an adjective with which the use of to is optional, rather than a preposition. It has the comparative and the superlative, and it can be followed by enough. The use of to however is usually British.
  • far from
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To come closer to; to approach. The ship nears the land.
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  • Arne, earn, nare, Nera
neat pronunciation
  • /niːt/
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etymology 1 From Middle English nete, neat, from Old English nēat, from Proto-Germanic *nautą, from Proto-Indo-European *newd-. Cognate with Dutch noot, dialectal German Noß, Swiss German Nooss, Swedish nöt, Icelandic naut. More at note.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) A bull or cow.
    • 1663, , by , part 1, Sturdy he was, and no less able / Than Hercules to cleanse a stable; / As great a drover, and as great / A critic too, in hog or neat.
    • Shakespeare The steer, the heifer, and the calf / Are all called neat.
    • Tusser a neat and a sheep of his own.
  2. (archaic) Cattle collectively.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.9: From thence into the open fields he fled, / Whereas the Heardes were keeping of their neat
etymology 2 From Middle English *nete, net, nette > Modern net "good, clean", from xno neit, apparently a conflation of Old French net, nette "clean, clear, pure"; from Latin nitidus, from niteō and Middle English *neit, nait "in good order, trim, useful, dextrous"; from Old Norse neytr, from Proto-Germanic *nautiz. See nait.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Clean, tidy; free from dirt or impurities. exampleMy room is neat because I tidied it this morning.  {{nowrap}}
  2. Free from contaminant; unadulterated, undiluted. Particularly of liquor and cocktails; see usage below. exampleI like my whisky neat.
  3. (chemistry) Conditions with a liquid reagent or gas performed with no standard solvent or cosolvent. exampleThe Arbuzov reaction is performed by adding the bromide to the phosphite, neat.  {{nowrap}}
  4. (archaic) With all deduction or allowance made; net.
  5. Having a simple elegance or style; clean, trim, tidy, tasteful. exampleThe front room was neat and carefully arranged for the guests.
  6. Well-executed or delivered; clever, skillful, precise. exampleHaving the two protagonists meet in the last act was a particularly neat touch.
  7. (colloquial) Good, excellent, desirable. exampleHey, neat convertible, man.
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coordinate terms:
  • (undiluted liquor or cocktail) straight up, up, straight
  • (undiluted liquor or cocktail) on the rocks
{{wikipedia}} In bartending, neat has the formal meaning “a liquor pour straight from the bottle into a glass, at room temperature, without ice or chilling”. This is contrasted with on the rocks, and with drinks that are chilled but strained (stirred over ice to chill, but poured through a strainer so that there is no ice in the glass), which is formally referred to as up. However, the terminology is a point of significant confusion, with neat, up, straight up, and straight being used by bar patrons (and some bartenders) variously and ambiguously to mean either “unchilled” or “chilled” (but without ice in the glass), and hence clarification is often required.“[ Up, Neat, Straight Up, or On the Rocks]”, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Friday, May 9th, 2008Walkart, C.G. (2002). National Bartending Center Instruction Manual. Oceanside, California: Bartenders America, Inc. p. 106
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An artificial intelligence researcher who believes that solutions should be elegant, clear and provably correct. Compare scruffy.
  • ante
  • Etna
  • Nate
neato etymology neat + o
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial, slang) Neat (in the sense of being excellent or desirable). "Oh neato! My car is fixed."
  • atone, at one
  • oaten
necessarily etymology necessary + ly pronunciation
  • /ˌnɛsəˈsɛɹəli/
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Inevitably; of necessity.
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    exampleIt is not necessarily true that children get their morals from their parents.
related terms:
  • necessary
  • unnecessarily
neck {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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  • /nɛk/
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etymology From Middle English nekke, nakke, from Old English hnecca, *hnæcca, from Proto-Germanic *hnakkô, from Proto-Indo-European *knog-, *kneg-. Cognate with Scots nek, Northern Frisian neek, neeke, Nak, Saterland Frisian Näcke, Western Frisian nekke, Dutch nek, Low German Nakke, German Nacken, Danish nakke, Swedish nacke, Icelandic hnakki, xto kñuk. Possibly a mutated variant of *kneug/k (compare Old English hnocc, Welsh cnwch, Latvian knaūķis. More at nook.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The part of body connecting the head and the trunk found in humans and some animals.
  2. The corresponding part in some other anatomical contexts.
  3. The part of a shirt, dress etc., which fits a person's neck.
  4. The taper part of a bottle toward the opening.
  5. (botany) The slender tubelike extension atop an archegonium, through which the sperm swim to reach the egg.
    • {{RQ:Schuster Hepaticae V}} Archegonia are surrounded early in their development by the juvenile perianth, through the slender beak of which the elongated neck of the fertilized archegonium protrudes.
  6. (music) The extension of any stringed instrument on which a fingerboard is mounted
  7. A long narrow tract of land projecting from the main body, or a narrow tract connecting two larger tracts.
  8. (engineering) A reduction in size near the end of an object, formed by a groove around it. a neck forming the journal of a shaft
  9. The constriction between the root and crown of a tooth.
  10. (architecture) The gorgerin of a capital.
  11. (firearms) The small part of a gun between the chase and the swell of the muzzle.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To hang by the neck; strangle; kill, eliminate
  2. (US) To make love; to snog; to intently kiss or cuddle. Alan and Betty were necking in the back of a car when Betty's dad caught them.
  3. To drink rapidly.
    • 2006, Sarah Johnstone, Tom Masters, London In the dim light, punters sit sipping raspberry-flavoured Tokyo martinis, losing the freestyle sushi off their chopsticks or necking Asahi beer.
  4. To decrease in diameter.
    • 2007, John H. Bickford, Introduction to the Design and Behavior of Bolted Joints, page 272 Since this temperature would place the bolt in its creep range, it will slowly stretch, necking down as it does so. Eventually it will get too thin to support the weight, and the bolt will break.
Synonyms: (kiss or cuddle intently): French kiss, grope, pet, snuggle, smooch
neckbeard etymology neck + beard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A style of facial hair wherein the beard is allowed to grow down the chin and is trimmed to an even length over the entirety of the face.
  2. (slang) A nerd; a dweeb.
    • 2011, Andrew Lunny, PhoneGap Beginner's Guide Many front-end web developers may not have implemented a web service before, leaving that boring stuff to the neckbeards and the sysadmins.
necker's knob Alternative forms: necker knob
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, dated) A knob attached to the steering wheel of an automobile, especially before the widespread availability of power steering, helping the driver steer with one arm and leaving the other arm free to provide romantic attention to a companion.
    • 1963, Herbert Gold, Salt: A Novel, Dial Press, p. 246: You remember the necker's knob on your high school jalopy?
  • necker knobs
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of neck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A behavior among male giraffe where they hold combat for social dominance using their necks as weapons.
    • 2005, Barbara Keevil Parker, Giraffes, page 26: Necking helps young male giraffes test which one has a stronger neck.
  2. (architecture) A neckmould.
  3. (slang) Chugging beer. for Lent, he gave up necking and cigarettes
neck oil
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) Beer.
    • 1995, Tom Langeste, Words on the Wing Neck oil lubricates the throat.
    • 2001, Terry Hanley, The Endless Bummer The neck oil was to flow profusely in Newquay that night.
neckweed etymology neck + weed
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An American annual weed (Veronica peregrina), with small white flower and a roundish pod.
  2. (humorous, archaic) The hemp plant, which furnishes rope for hang criminal. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Internet) To make a new post to a forum discussion that has been dormant for a long time, making the thread visible in the list of active topics; to bump.
  2. (internet, video game and card game slang) To practice necromancy; to bring back from the dead.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (internet, video game and card game slang) Necromancer.
necrohippoflagellation etymology From Ancient Greek νεκρός 〈nekrós〉 + Ancient Greek ἵππος 〈híppos〉 + English flagellation.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) The act or practice of beating a dead horse.
Synonyms: necrohipposadism
necrohipposadism etymology From Ancient Greek νεκρός 〈nekrós〉 + Ancient Greek ἵππος 〈híppos〉 + English sadism.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) The act or practice of beating a dead horse.
Synonyms: necrohippoflagellation
ned etymology Unknown. The suggested initialism from "non-educated delinquent" is a backronym and folk etymology. Several other suggestions include a contraction of ne'er-do-well, neanderthal, and some kind of relationship with Teddy Boy although its use much predates the 1950s origin of that phrase. Ostensibly unrelated to "Ned" as a diminutive of the personal name "Edward" but the Scottish use of 'ned' for hooligan or lout is cited by the Oxford English Dictionary as dating from the early 19th century. The OED also attributes a possible derivation from the 'Edward' diminutive.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland, slang, pejorative, offensive) A person, usually a youth, of low social standing and education, a violent disposition and with a particular style of dress (typically sportswear or Burberry), speech and behaviour.
    • 2007 (Scotland), RecordView in Daily Record, 14 Feb 07, Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail, p. 8, The mindless behaviour of drunken neds and nuisance neighbours brings misery to tens of thousands of honest folk.
Synonyms: chav (England), charva (Northeast England), Scally (Northern England), scanger (Dublin/Ireland), Senga (Scotland), yob, yobbo (England, Australia), spide (Northern Ireland)
  • Den, den, DNE, end, NDE
neddy etymology Diminutive of Ned, itself a diminutive of Edward. pronunciation
  • /ˈnɛdi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A donkey or ass.
  2. (Australia, slang) A horse, especially a racehorse.
    • 1932, , The Desert Column, extracted in 2006, Rex Sadler, Tom Hayllar, In the Line of Fire: Real Stories of Australians at War, from Gallipoli to Vietnam, page 61, Some of the boys whipped off their hats and laughingly smacked their neddies′ rumps, for we hated using spurs on the poor thirsty beggars.
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  3. (Australia, slang, in the plural, with "the") The horse race.
    • 2010, Peter Klein, Silk Chaser, Pan Macmillan Australia, page 272, He′d usually be there at the same place most Saturdays and we ended up sharing a beer talking about the neddies. It just grew from there. I′d nod at him; ask him how he was going. We′d talk racing, have a dig at each other for backing losers.
  4. (Australia, colloquial, slang, usually plural) Horsepower.
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  5. An idiot; a stupid or contemptible person.
    • 1967, Royal Aero Club (Great Britain), Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom, United Service and Royal Aero Club, Flight International, Volume 91, page 496, The trouble is that the neddies in the Board of Trade would probably approve it.
    • 1973, , The Cloud Walker, Gollancz, 2011, unnumbered page, “The neddies might call it a machine. They might think you guilty of machinism.” “Hang the stupid neddies!” Kieron carefully loosened the mooring, and the balloon rose.
need I say more
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (colloquial, humorous, rhetorical question) Used to say that audience can predict the result of something Joe Bloggs became president - need I say more?
needle {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English nedle, from Old English nǣdl, from Proto-Germanic *nēþlō, from pre-Germanic *neh₁-tleh₂ 〈*neh₁-tleh₂〉, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)néh₁ 〈*(s)néh₁〉- ‘to spin, twist’ (compare Dutch naaien, Welsh nyddu, Latin nēre, Sanskrit ‘wraps up, winds’). Related to snood. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈniː.dl/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A long, thin, sharp implement usually for piercing such as sew, or knit, acupuncture, tattoo, body piercing, medical injection etc. The seamstress threaded the needle to sew on a button.
  2. Any slender, pointed object resembling a needle, such as a pointed crystal, a sharp pinnacle of rock, an obelisk, etc.
  3. A long, thin device for indicating measurement on a dial or graph, e.g. a compass needle. The needle on the fuel gauge pointed to empty.
  4. A sensor for playing phonograph record, a phonograph stylus. Ziggy bought some diamond needles for his hi-fi phonograph.
  5. A long, pointed leaf found on some conifers.
    • 1994, , , ch. 2: At the very moment he cried out, David realised that what he had run into was only the Christmas tree. Disgusted with himself at such cowardice, he spat a needle from his mouth.
  6. (informal, usually preceded by the) The death penalty carried out by lethal injection.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To pierce with a needle, especially for sewing or acupuncture.
    • 1892, H. Lindo Ferguson, "Operation on Microphthamlmic Eyes", Ophthalmic Review‎, volume 11, page 48 …the eyes were once more beginning to show the old nystagmus; so I decided to needle the cataracts, and on Jan. 31 I needled the right eye.
    • 2000, Felix Mann, Reinventing Acupuncture, page 109 Possibly the greatest effect is achieved in the hand by needling the thumb, the index finger and the region of the 1st and 2nd metacarpal.
  2. (transitive) To tease in order to provoke; to poke fun at. Billy needled his sister incessantly about her pimples.
    • 1984, Leopold Caligor, Philip M. Bromberg, & James D. Meltzer, Clinical Perspectives on the Supervision of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy‎, page 14 FRED: Well, I teased her to some extent, or I needled her, not teased her. I needled her about—first I said that she didn't want to work, and then I think that there were a couple of comments.
  3. (transitive) To form in the shape of a needle. to needle crystals
Synonyms: (to tease) goad, tease
  • lendee
needle dick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) A tiny penis
    • 2010, Kenneth Devon Hawkins, Prostitute Flange, page 95 I watched carefully as she swished her tongue around his needle dick.
    • 2006, San Culberson, The Nick of Time I moved my hands up a little more and discovered, to put it delicately, the object of my desire left much to be desired. In not so delicate terms, fully erect—and I mean as hard as a diamond—his dick was about half as long as a bun-length hot dog, with about the same girth as said hot dog. I had heard the term needle dick before, but I swear, I had never encountered one.
    • 2004, John San Filippo, Sunspot Baby, page 171 However, once inside the casino, he realized that this could be like finding Paulie's needle dick in a haystack.
  2. (slang, vulgar) A man with a tiny penis, usually used as a disparaging form of address
    • 2011, James Lee Burke, Feast Day of Fools, page 378 My boyfriend is not only a needle-dick but a lying shit.
    • 2009, Jack Henderson, Watching Over Wilbur, page 38 That needle dick, he wants me to be his whore, and I won't.
    • 2009, Lee Vasey, Listing: Casual Encounters, page 37 “Well, needle-dick isn't going to be able to service you. Maybe I'll bring my brother in here. He's got a nice, man-sized prick. We could fuck both your holes at the same time.”
etymology 1 From Middle English needely, neodliche, from Old English nēodlīċe, equivalent to need + ly. Cognate with osx niudlīko, German niedlich.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (archaic) Zealously; carefully; earnestly.
etymology 2 From Middle English needely, nedelich, from Old English *nīedlīċe, from nīedlīc, equivalent to need + ly. Merged with Etymology 1 above. Cognate with Middle Dutch nodelike, gml nōtliken, Middle High German nōtliche.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (archaic) Necessarily; of necessity.
  2. (archaic) Urgently.
etymology 3 From needle + y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Like a needle or needles. a needly horn; a needly beard {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: acicular
nee nor etymology (onomatopoeia)
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (childish) a representation of the sound of a siren
  • Noreen
neepery etymology From neep-neep, slang for a computer enthusiast, which reportedly arose at the in the 1970s.Eric S. Raymond, ''The New Hacker's Dictionary'', MIT Press (1996), ISBN 0262181789, [ page 332]
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Jargon.
  2. (slang) Trivia or highly-detailed information, especially that which an author includes in a work of fiction as a result of research.
    • 2006, Nancy Holder, Daughter of the Flames, Silhouette Books (2006), ISBN 9781426821189, unnumbered page (acknowledgements): Thank you, SF-FWs, bryant street, IAMTW, and novelscribes for various neepery and encouragement; {{…}}
    • 2007, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Supernatural: Nevermore, HarperEntertainment (2007), ISBN 9780061370908, page ix (acknowledgments): {{…}} to Susan McCrackin for financial aid neepery, {{…}}
    • 2011, Steven Harper, Writing the Paranormal Novel: Techniques and Exercises for Weaving Supernatural Elements into Your Story, Writer's Digest Books (2011), ISBN 9781599631349, page 66: C. C. Finlay's marvelous book Patriot Witch, the first in his Traitor to the Crown Series, is a beautiful example of a novel that inserts necessary neepery without bogging down the story.
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negaholic etymology neg + aholic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who has a persistently negative or pessimistic outlook.
    • 2009, Sid Gardner, The Faults of the Owens Valley, iUniverse (2009), ISBN 9781440177934, page 321: The member, Mary Benson, was a longtime member of the church whom Elaine, despite all efforts at charity, had never been able to warm up to, since she was a classic half-empty negaholic.
    • 2012, Mark Dery, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-By Essays on American Dread, American Dreams, University of Minnesota Press (2012) ISBN 9780816677733, page 172: Even so, those whom corporate trainer and management consultant Chérie Carter-Scott would call “negaholics” will take glum comfort in the news that some Americans seem to be tiring of the Pursuit of Wow.
    • 2013, Tom Ward (with Paul Gustavson & Ed Foreman), The Power of Living by Design, FriesenPress (2013), ISBN 9781460208328, page 77: An example might be a negaholic at work who is not helping you achieve your dreams. You know what a negaholic is, don't you? They are like an alcoholic that can't drink without becoming intoxicated. A negaholic can't seem to speak without griping or complaining.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A persistently negative or pessimistic outlook.
related terms:
  • negaholic
negative etymology From Middle French négatif, from Old French, from Latin negativus, from negare; see negate. pronunciation
  • (Canada) /ˈnɛ(e)ɡəˌɾɪv/
  • (UK) /ˈnɛɡ.ə.tɪv/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. not positive or neutral
  2. (physics) of electrical charge of an electron and related particles {{defdate}}
  3. (mathematics) of number, less than zero
  4. (linguistics, logic) deny a proposition
  5. damaging; undesirable; unfavourable
    • The high exchange rate will have a negative effect on our profits. Customers didn't like it: feedback was mostly negative.
  6. pessimistic; not tending to see the bright side of things. (Often used pejoratively.)
    • I don't like to hang around him very much because he can be so negative about his petty problems.
  7. Of or relating to a photographic image in which the colours of the original, and the relations of right and left, are reverse.
  8. (chemistry) metalloidal; nonmetallic; contrasted with positive or basic. The nitro group is negative.
  9. (New Age jargon) (pejorative) bad, unwanted, disagreeable, potentially damaging, to be avoided, unpleasant, difficult, painful; (often precedes 'energy', 'feeling', 'emotion' or 'thought').
    • 2009, Christopher Johns, Becoming a Reflective Practitioner, John Wiley & Sons, p. 15 Negative feelings can be worked through and their energy converted into positive energy... In crisis, normal patterns of self-organization fail, resulting in anxiety (negative energy).
    • 2011, Joe Vitale, The Key: the missing secret for attracting anything you want, Body, Mind & Spirit, The threat of negative feelings may seem very real, but they are nothing more than mirages... Allow the unwanted feelings to evaporate and dissolve as the mirages that they are.
    • 2011, Anne Jones, Healing Negative Energies, Hachette, p. 118 If you have been badly affected by negative energy a salt bath is wonderful for clearing and cleansing yourself... Salt attracts negative energy and will draw it away from you.
Synonyms: (damaging) undesirable
  • positive
  • (mathematics) nonnegative
  • (linguistics) affirmative
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  • negate
  • negation
  • negativism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. refusal or withholding of assents; veto, prohibition {{defdate}}
    • 1843, , , book 2, ch. XV, Practical — Devotional Geoffrey Riddell […] made a request of him for timber from his woods towards certain edifices going on at . , a great builder himself, disliked the request; could not however give it a negative.
  2. (legal) a right of veto
    • 1787, , cited in The Constitutional Convention Of 1787: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia Of America's Founding (2005), Volume 1, page 391 And as to the Constitutionality of laws, that point will come before the Judges in their proper official character. In this character they have a negative on the laws.
    • 1788, Alexander Hamilton, The qualified negative of the President differs widely from this absolute negative of the British sovereign; [...]
    • 1983, , In the convention there does not seem to have been much diversity of opinion on the subject of the propriety of giving to the president a negative on the laws.
  3. (photography) an image in which dark areas represent light ones, and the converse {{defdate}}
  4. (grammar) a word that indicates negation
  5. (mathematics) a negative quantity
  6. (weightlifting): A rep performed with weight in which the muscle begins at maximum contraction and is slowly extend; a movement performed using only the eccentric phase of muscle movement.
  7. The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To veto
    • L. T. Meade, The Palace Beautiful Poppy earnestly begged to be allowed to go with Jasmine on the roof, but this the good lady negatived with horror.
  2. To contradict
  3. To disprove
    • J. H. Riddell, Old Mrs Jones At one time an idea got abroad that the whole tale of her fortune had been a myth; … but the boastings of various servants who declared they had seen her with “rolls on rolls” of banknotes … negatived the truth of this statement.
  • agentive
negative Nancy
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  1. (pejorative, informal) A person who is deemed to be excessively and disagreeably pessimistic.
    • 2001, Sara Jane Sluke, Vanessa Torres, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dealing with Stress for Teens "Be wary of being a Negative Nancy."
    • 2002, Angela Winters, Dangerous Memories - Page 133 "You're being negative Nancy today,"
    • Date uncertain, B. Jain Publishers, Cosmic Love - Page 15 "Finally, if you tell a Negative Nancy about your secret plans, she might doubt that you'll get your heart's desire."
negativity thinking {{rfd}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) Thinking about negative possibilities, contemplating failure in such a way that it leads to those negative possibilities as a consequence.
    • Are you the one for me? Knowing Who's Right & Avoiding Who's Wrong , Barbara De Angelis , 1993 , “They're experts in negativity thinking. “I can't,” “It won't,” “I'll never” are common phrases you'll often hear from a victim. ”
This term is used in the context of motivational and self-help literature to refer to the opposite of positive thinking
negress {{wikipedia}} etymology From French négresse, from nègre. Equivalent to Negro + ess. pronunciation
  • /ˈniːɡrɪs/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, literary, now, offensive and an ethnic slur) A black female.
related terms:
  • negro
  • negroid
negro etymology From Spanish and Portuguese negro, from Latin nigrum, masculine accusative case of niger, from Proto-Indo-European *negr-, *negʷr-. Cognate with Old Armenian ներկ 〈nerk〉.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dated, possible offensive) Relating to the black ethnicity.
  2. (dated, possible offensive) Black or dark brown in color.
In the United States of America, the word negro is considered acceptable only in a historical context or in proper names such as the United Negro College Fund. Black, which replaced negro from 1966 onward, or the more recent African-American (from the 1980s), are the preferred alternatives, with neither being categorically preferred as an endonym (self-designation) or by publications. Before 1966, negro was accepted and in fact the usual endonym – consider The Negro, 1915, by W. E. B. Du Bois – which itself replaced the older colored in the 1920s, particularly under the advocacy of Du Bois (who advocated capitalization as Negro). Following the coinage and rise of Black Power and Black pride in the 1960s, particularly post-1966, the term black became preferred, and negro became offensive; in 1968 negro was still preferred by most as a self-designation, while by 1974 black was preferred; usage by publications followed.[ When Did the Word Negro Become Taboo? In 1966 or soon thereafter.] By Brian Palmer, {{w|}}, Jan. 11, 2010 See also .
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  • negress
  • negroid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative case form of Negro
    • 1867, Mayne Reid, Quadrupeds: what they are and where found (page 141) The negroes believe that its presence has a sanitary effect upon their cattle …
Synonyms: black, Black, Afro-American, African-American
  • genro
  • goner
  • Norge
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, slang) cavendish tobacco
negrophile etymology negro + phile
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, offensive) One who takes an interest in the black (negro) race.
neighborhoody etymology neighborhood + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Having the friendly sense of community expected of a neighborhood.
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neither fish, flesh, nor good red herring Alternative forms: neither fish, flesh, nor fowl etymology The three foods are metonym for those things suitable to each of ; fish represents the clergy, flesh represents commoner, whilst red herring represents pauper; the three classes are simplistically regarded as exhaustive.
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  1. (idiomatic, quasi-adjective) Unsuitable for anyone or anything; unfit for any purpose.
    • 1875, Henry James, Roderick Hudson, Boston: J. R. Osgood: He had frequent fits of melancholy in which he declared that he was neither fish nor flesh nor good red herring. His was neither an irresponsibly contemplative nature nor a sturdily practical one, and he was for ever looking in vain for the uses of the things that please and the charm of the things that sustain.
nelly pronunciation
  • (UK) /nɛli/
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etymology 1 Shortened from Nelly Duff, for puff, i.e. breath of life
noun: {{en-noun}} (not used in the plural)
  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) Life.
  • Used principally in the phrase not on your nelly.
etymology 2 From the woman's name, Nelly
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) An effeminate homosexual man.
  2. (British, slang) A silly person.
  3. A common name for the giant petrels, Macronectes giganteus and Macronectes halli
  • (petrel) Antarctic giant petrel, northern piant petrel, southern giant fulmar, southern giant petrel
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Unmanly, effeminate.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) a neoconservative
    • March 12, 2010, , "Facts May Be Debatable, but Thrills Certainly Not: Green Zone", "Movies" column, , : : [The film's] message is that Iraq's fabled "weapons of mass destruction" did not exist, and that neocons within the administration fabricated them, lied about them, and were ready to kill to cover up their deception.
Synonyms: neotard (slang)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) A supporter of neoconservatism.
Synonyms: neocon (US), neotard (slang)
neo-creo etymology From neo + creationist, shortened and rhymed.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) proponent of intelligent design
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Synonyms: design proponent
  • creo
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) of or related to intelligent design or its advocacy
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) hopelessly outdated What am I supposed to do with this neolithic piece of machinery?
neo-Luddite etymology neo + Luddite pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (sometimes pejorative) Opposed to technology, in the fashion of the Luddites.
    • 1970, Robert Theobald, The Economics of Abundance: A Non-inflationary Future, page 130: One is a neo-Luddite revolt, aiming to destroy machines and machine systems [....]
    • 1995, Kirkpatrick Sale, Rebels Against the Future: The Luddites and Their War on the Industrial Revolution, page 254: Last along the spectrum comes a diverse set of social critics, activists and intellectuals for the most part, who accept the neo-Luddite label without demur and are consciously working to adapt certain of the Luddite fundamentals to contemporary politics.
    • 2003, Christina Garsten and Helena Wulff, New Technologies at Work: People, Screens and Social Virtuality, page 172: One such collection of thoughts is the neo-Luddite spectrum. Not yet an organized movement, the neo-Luddite approach contains multitudes of [....]
    • 2004, Peyton Paxson, Media Literacy: Thinking Critically about the Internet, page 17: However, as the original Luddites did, a small number of people within the neo-Luddite movement have resorted to criminal activity.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes pejorative) One who opposes technology, in the fashion of the .
  2. One who opposes to scientific or technological progress; frequently pejorative.
    • 1985, Greg Bear, "Blood Music", in The Collected Stories of Greg Bear (2004), page 32: "Neo-Luddite," I said to myself. A filthy accusation.
neo-Nazi {{wikipedia}} etymology Originally from postwar French (1952), néonazi, used to describe any number of movements, which saw themselves as believers of Nazi ideology or whose ideology had similar attributes. The term spread throughout the Western world acquiring a broader usage.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Person who believes in a (post-WWII) version of Nazi ideology.
  2. (pejorative) An insult used against a person with strongly right-wing views, whether or not they hold Nazi-like politics.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to Neo-Nazis, their organisations{{,}} or their ideology.
neotard etymology neoconservative + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A neoconservative.
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Synonyms: neocon
  • conservatard (derogatory)
  • rightard (derogatory)
  • wingnut (derogatory)
neotenous {{was wotd}} {{was wotd}} etymology neoteny + ous pronunciation
  • (UK) /niˈɒtənəs/
  • (US) /niˈɑːtənəs/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Exhibiting retention of juvenile characteristics in the adult.
  2. (informal) Babyfaced.
  • 1967 December 22, Desmond Morris, LIFE volume 63, number 25, article The Naked Ape, page 97: So there he stands—our vertical, hunting, weapon-toting, territorial, neotenous, brainy naked ape, a primate by adoption, ready to conquer the world. But he is a very new and experimental departure, and new models frequently have imperfections. …
  • 2005, Charles Stross, , chapter Nightfall, page 245: ‘Parents. What are they good for?’ asks Amber, with all the truculence of her seventeen years. ‘Even if they stay neotenous, they lose flexibility. And there's that long Paleolithic tradition of juvenile slavery. Inhuman, I call it.’
Synonyms: (juvenile in adult) neotenic, (babyfaced) babyfaced
related terms:
  • neotenic
  • neoteny
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, ethnic slur, derogatory, offensive) Nepali
    • 2013, Aatish Taseer, The Temple Goers Nepali job. Hundred and one per cent a Nep job. You've seen some of the crime they're responsible for. I tell you, these guys are fucking crazy. … Ninety-nine per cent of this kind of crime, at least in Delhi, is done by Neps.
neph etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. nephew (used in old documents, when it was important to save space, as well as on modern message boards)
  2. (rare, slang) nephrologist
    • 2000 January 13, "seasons change" (username), Creatnine levels dropping, in, Usenet: My nephs and dietition{{SIC}} are adamant against my taking anything …
    • 2000 december 28, "Mara" (username), the denist and a tongue piercing, in rec.arts.bodyart, Usenet: My neph wants the oral surgeon to use nothing but Novacaine.
    • 2003 May 24, "Spot" (username), Sinus problems since transplant?, in bit.listserv.transplant, Usenet: Thanks for the information. My neph has a fit any time I mention going on something like this but I'm at the end of the line for this crap. Everytime I turn around it's another infection and a different stronger antibiotic.
nephew fucker etymology From nephew + fucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Motherfucker (generic term of abuse).
    • 2004, wereoboy, Re: Breakin' out the violins Scott gets his knickers twisted and rants a bit, not worth reading past the fir Group: We heard that already, you sad little cancer nephew fucker
    • 1999, reaper g, Re: The Greatness of Ira Zimmerman.. Group: Shut your fucking face, nephew fucker
    • 2007, Jesse the Old Slut, Re: What the Fuck? Group: soc.veterans Oh no, my boy billy was a nephew fucker too
ner etymology Formed by onomatopoeia. The extended form is neener. pronunciation
  • /nɜː/
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, childish) An interjection generally used when gloating about a perceived cause of humiliation or inferiority for the person being addressed, often when disagreeing with a statement considered incorrect or irrelevant. You're wrong, so ner! I don't care what you think, so ner! I've got more sweets than you. Ner ner ner ner ner!
  • ern
  • ren
nerd Alternative forms: nurd (very rare) etymology unknown. Attested since 1951 as US student slang.
  • Perhaps an alteration of nerts; see references below.
  • The word, capitalized, appeared in 1950 in ’s If I Ran the Zoo as the name of an imaginary animal: And then, just to show them, I’ll sail to Katroo / And bring back an It-Kutch, a Preep and a Proo, / A Nerkle, a Nerd and a Seersucker too!
  • Various unlikely folk etymologies and less likely backronym speculations also exist.
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /nɜːd/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /nɝːd/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, sometimes derogatory) A person who is intellectual but generally introverted
    • 1953 Advertisement for "Businessman's Lunch", a play by Micheal Quinn, in Patricia Brown, Gloria Mundi They particularly enjoy making fun of one of their fellows who is not present, whom they consider a hopeless nerd – until, that is, they learn he is engaged to marry the boss's daughter.
    • “"We were all geeks and nerds, but he was unusually poorly adjusted," recalls Chess, now a mathematics professor at Hunter College.”, 2002, Free as in Freedom, Sam Williams
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  2. (informal, sometimes derogatory) One who has an intense, obsessive interest in something. a computer nerd a comic-book nerd
  3. (slang, always derogatory) An unattractive, socially awkward, annoying, undesirable, and/or boring, person; a dork. Only a nerd would wear yellow and blue stripes with green pants Nerds seem to have fun with each other, but in a way that causes others to laugh AT them. Why are you hanging out with that nerd?
  4. (post 1980s) A member of a subculture revolving around a mixture video games, fantasy fiction, science fiction, comic books and assorted media.
Synonyms: (socially unaccepted person, all are slang and derogatory) dag (Australian), doofus, dork, dweeb, geek, goober, loser, propeller head, twerp,, See also
  • rend
nerdboy etymology nerd + boy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, sometimes pejorative) A nerdy or socially-inept boy or man.
    • 2007, Burto Deluchi, The Rebuy, ISBN 9781430320562, page 14: Nervy nerdboys gone rich who buy expensive sports cars to race them into rear bumpers instead of finally learning how to drive.
    • 2010, Diane Duane, A Wizard of Mars, Harcourt (2010), ISBN 9780152047702, page 52: “You behave,” she said, “or I'm going to let your mama and pop know just what they're trying to turn loose on the poor unsuspecting nerdboys of CalTech.”
    • 2014, Amy Alkon, Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck, St. Martin's Griffin (2014), ISBN 9781250030719, unnumbered page: Some guys can be a bit flirtation-blind—especially the nerdboys I've always gone for.
nerdbrain etymology nerd + brain
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A nerd; a socially awkward brainy person.
    • 1993, Terence Blacker, Homebird ...talking on the phone for three hours to her friends about some nerdbrain boy.
    • 1996, M D Spenser, The Animal Rebellion "What happened? Was I kicked by Demon?" "You were kicked by the table in the hall, you clumsy nerdbrain!" Brad replied.
    • 2005, Jeanne DuPrau, Car Trouble Who cares, nerdbrain? I'd rather flip burgers than be as uncool as you.
nerdcore etymology nerd + core pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈnɜːdˌkɔː/
  • (US) /ˈnɝdˌkɔɹ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) Any intentionally nerdy style of music.
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    • 2008, GameAxis Unwired‎ magazine (July 2008) A nerdcore track would take loop samples not from popular industrial tracks, but from the synthesizers of a popular NES game like Dig Dug
    • 2008, Benjamin Nugent, American Nerd: The Story of My People‎ Self-styled “nerdcore” rappers wear pocket protectors and rhyme about hard drives.
  2. (slang, chiefly, attributive) The most dedicated nerd, especially in terms of computer ability.
    • 2007, HWM magazine (December 2007) We're tech reviewers, not nerdcore programmers…
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    • 2008, Windows Vista‎ magazine (Winter 2008) But it takes the right kind of noodle to make a great gaming rig worthy of the “nerdcore elite” (and we mean that in a good way) without spending a fortune.
  • cornered
nerderati etymology {{blend}}
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  1. (slang) An elite community of computer nerd.
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    • 2011, Jay Baer, Amber Naslund, The NOW Revolution (page 37) It's likely that if you don't already have one or more social media nerderati in residence, you're going to need one soon.
Synonyms: geekerati
nerdery etymology nerd + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) nerdish behaviour or attitudes
    • 2009, Simon Garfield, The Error World: An Affair with Stamps 'Stamps were made for computers,' he told me, 'because they look beautiful when scanned and enlarged, it's so easy to catalogue and trade them, and the nerdery of stamps and the early nerdery of computers were made for each other. …
Synonyms: geekery
nerdfest etymology nerd + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A gathering of nerd or an event centered around the interests of nerds.
    • 1994, "Home Computers", BusinessWeek, 27 November 1994: On Nov. 14, at Comdex, the industry's annual nerdfest in Las Vegas, Chairman William H. Gates III unveiled the Microsoft Network, an on-line service that he says will draw millions more consumers into the Information Age.
    • 2007, Scott Adams, Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!: Cartoonist Explains Cloning, Blouse Monsters, Voting Machines, Romance, Monkey Gods, How to Avoid Being Mistaken for a Rodent, and More, Portfolio (2007), ISBN 9781101216507, unnumbered page: At a recent nerdfest, where it was decided Pluto wasn't a real planet, one of the scientists held up a stuffed Pluto (the Walt Disney kind) and an umbrella, and wittily pointed out that Pluto was under the umbrella of planets that include “dwarf planets.”
    • 2008, Danny Fingeroth, The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels, Rough Guides (2008), ISBN 9781843539933, page 293: Originally a single event in Sydney in 2000 named "comicfest", this expo has now grown into a country-spanning event, with gatherings in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth. A huge all-encompassing nerdfest, it attracts a huge crowd of Aussies hoping to meet their favourite creators and stars.
  2. (informal) Something which appeals to or is characteristic of nerd.
    • 2009, Pat Pilcher, "Is Air NZ's in-flight tech enough to make flying fun?", The New Zealand Herald, 16 December 2009: The in flight nerdfest doesn't stop with video either. Air NZ has used active noise cancellation system supplied by local noise cancelling gurus, Phitek.
    • 2010, Melissa Howell & Greg Howell, Fusion: Where You and God Connect, Review and Herald (2010), ISBN 9780828025478, page 150: I remember the day I walked into Barnes and Nobles shortly after George Lucas released his latest nerdfest, Revenge of the Sith.
    • 2011, Kevin Hearne, Hexed, Del Rey (2011), ISBN 9780345522498, page 67: When Oberon says things like that, it takes all my will not to dive into a Star Wars nerdfest; …
nerdgasm etymology nerd + gasm
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, neologism) A feeling of great excitement or pleasure over something nerdy.
Synonyms: geekasm
nerdhood etymology nerd + hood
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The state or period of being a nerd.
    • 2006, David Bishop, The Wheel of Ideals Social skills, like wit and personality — a flow of passionate and entertaining talk — can help you rise out of nerdhood.
Nerdic etymology nerd + ic, probably a pun on Nordic.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The jargon and special vocabulary of computing, information technology and mobile devices; geekspeak
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nerdism etymology nerd + ism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The practices or behaviours of nerd; nerdiness.
    • 2002, Lori Kendall, Hanging Out in the Virtual Pub (page 87) Nerdism in both men and women is held to decrease sexual attractiveness, but in men this is compensated by the relatively masculine values attached to intelligence and computer skills.
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nerdistan etymology nerd + stan
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  1. (slang) A locus of high-tech industry, particularly a town or suburb where many high-tech workers live.
    • 1997, , "Escape From Nerdistan", The Washington Post, 12 September 1997: In the coming decade, we are likely to see the continued migration of traditional high-tech firms to new nerdistans in places like Orange County, Calif., north Dallas, Northern Virginia, Raleigh-Durham and around Redmond, Wash., home base for Microsoft.
  2. (slang) A place that appeals to technophiles.
    • 2006, , "The invasion has begun", Concord Monitor, 30 December 2006: It's a Roomba, an artificially intelligent floor-vacuuming 'bot, and this is the year mountains of them rumbled off the shelves not just of nerdistans like the Sharper Image and Brookstone, but of mainstream players like Costco, Sears and Target.
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nerdlet etymology nerd + let
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  1. (slang, sometimes pejorative) A young or unimportant nerd.
    • 2000, Paula Danziger, Snail Mail No More, Scholastic (2000), ISBN 0439063361, page 67: It would be nice to have a little nerdlet in the house who absolutely adores me ... which, if it is a girl, I can teach to accessorize.
    • 2010, Molly Price, White Trash Princess, AuthorHouse (2010), ISBN 9781452096926, page 71: She and her hubby go to the high school football games every Friday night, and every week she calls to tell me about a little high school nerdlet that sits near them.
    • 2013, Lisa Montgomery Kennedy, The Kennedy Chronicles: The Golden Age of MTV Through Rose-Colored Glasses, Thomas Dunne Books (2013), ISBN 9781250017475, page 146: It was looking to be a stunning occasion, my coming-out party as a dirty debutante, and a family affair where my brother and his two besties from high school got to see this nerdlet all growds up on a national stage kicking MAC-smothered ass.
Synonyms: dweeblet, geeklet, geekling, nerdling
nerdling etymology nerd + ling
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, sometimes pejorative) A young or unimportant nerd.
    • 2010, Ken Denmead, Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share, Gotham Books (2010), ISBN 9781101404317, unnumbered page: I have merely scratched the surface of life with your nerdling.
    • 2010, Simon Pegg, Nerd Do Well, Arrow Books (2011), ISBN 9780099551553, page 54: To a nerdling it was appealing for obvious reasons — ghosts, time travel and moderate violence - but I think there were probably deeper emotions at work within me.
    • 2011, Christopher Schwarz, The Workbench Design Book: The Art & Philosophy of Building Better Benches, F+W Media (2011), ISBN 9781440311321, page 209: When I was a young nerdling, I loved the video game “Ultima” – not because of the raping and the pillaging, but because you spent most of your time exploring a huge map of the world.
Synonyms: dweeblet, geeklet, geekling, nerdlet
nerdlinger etymology nerd + ling + -er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Emphatic form of nerd.
    • 2006, Tara Ariano, Sarah Buntin, Television Without Pity: 752 Things We Love to Hate (and Hate to Love) About TV Hey, only in America could a nerdlinger in tight pants announce that he wanted to poof the Statue of Liberty and get on TV as a result.
    • 2007, Men's Health, vol. 22, no. 3 I'd much rather work with crazy, driven nerdlingers, even if they get the occasional goober on their report card.
    • 2009, Peter Hinssen, Business: How to move beyond Alignment and transform IT in your organization We might be perceived by the majority of our business counterparts as semi-autistic nerdlingers, and we know we haven't exactly been stellar communicators in the past, but yes, we want to change.
nerdo etymology nerd + o
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An extreme, socially-inept nerd.
    • 1999, "Movie Review: 'Never Been Kissed' Should Never Have Graduated to Big Screen", The News Tribune, 9 April 1999: "She's All That," "Jawbreaker," "Cruel Intentions," "10 Things I Hate About You" ... I swear, if I have to sit through one more picture about the eternal clash between cool kids and nerdos (and nerdettes) in the hallowed halls of Hateful High, if I have to endure just one more Hollywood-hyped prom scene, I'll, why, I think I'll just scream.
    • 2009, Anthony Capella, Chemistry for Beginners, Corvus (2011), ISBN 9780857890238, page 270: Dr Fjust goes bright red and walks away whenever the subject of sexually dysfunctional women comes up. Seems odd, really, that such a nerdo would end up working in this field.
    • 2010, Lauren Kate, Torment, Ember (2010), ISBN 9780385739146, page 50: “That grade-A nerdo two tables over.” Shelby nodded at a chubby kid dressed in plaid who'd just spilled yogurt all over a massive textbook.
  • doner, drone
nerdom Alternative forms: nerddom etymology nerd + dom; US, 1983.“[ nerddom]”, [ Word Spy] Note that -dom is used both in the sense of “domain” (nerds, as a group) and in the sense of “characteristics” (being a nerd, nerdiness).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, rare) The attitudes and behaviours of a nerd; nerdiness.
    • 1983, , “Tigers or ‘top girls,’ Valerie Mahaffey adjusts,” The New York Times, April 1, 1983 When she was 17 she fell in love with a schoolmate named Ben: 'Together, we pulled each other out of nerddom,' she said.
    • 1997, Frederick S. Clarke, Cinefantastique, Volume 29 The self-described "exemplar of nerdom" feels right at home with Carl Sagan's speculative science-fiction.
    • 2008, Maximum PC (October 2008) Even movies that first appear to add a promising element of nerdom always end up doing something dumb, like tarnishing a tense computer-based drama with idiotic and unusable (but oh so very sexy) 3D interfaces.
  2. (colloquial, rare) Nerds, considered as a group.
    • 2009, Jack Nutting, Dave Mark, Jeff LaMarche, Learn Cocoa on the Mac I still chuckle at some of jokes{{SIC}} that we targeted to very narrow slices of nerdom.
The rough synonym geekdom is more common.
related terms:
  • geekdom
  • modern
  • normed
nerd out
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To study intensely, swot
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nerdsome etymology nerd + some
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, rare) nerdy; like, or characteristic of, a nerd
    • 2006, "TwistyCreek", Why don't I get any recreational effect off of benzos? (on newsgroup alt.drugs.hard) You are one of the most boring, characterless, nagging, niggling, nerdsome persons to ever draw breath.
    • 2010, Matthew Norman, You Cannot Be Serious! …the nerdsome reliance on meaningless facts and figures…
nerdspeak etymology nerd + speak pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /nɜːd.spiːk/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /nɝːd.spiːk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) The language of nerd; technical or computer jargon.
Synonyms: geekspeak
related terms:
  • chatspeak
  • fanspeak
  • leetspeak
  • technobabble
nerdvana Alternative forms: Nerdvana etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A place or state of happiness and fulfillment for nerd.
    • 1995, Robert Sam, Teach Yourself MFC Library Programming in 21 Days, Sams (1995), ISBN 9780672304620, page 572: Just as Visual Basic brought closet Windows programmers out into the open, so might Delphi allow these same programmers to take an even bigger step toward 'nerdvana'.
    • 2005, Gordon Meyer, Smart Home Hacks: Tips & Tools for Automating Your House, O'Reilly Media (2005), ISBN 9780596553869, page 133: Have you ever noticed how your laser printer usually is switched off when you want to use it? This simple hack will save you from having to leave your comfy chair just to switch it on. Ahhh, Nerdvana.
    • 2010, Steven Savile, Silver, Variance Publishing (2010), ISBN 9781935142058, page 278: It was like a geek boy's nerdvana, floor to ceiling gadgets.
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nerdy {{wikipedia}} etymology nerd + y. pronunciation
  • /nɜː(r)di/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, derogatory, of a person) Being or like a nerd. That guy is nerdy and weird.
  2. (colloquial, derogatory, of a quality or interest) Of, pertaining to, in the style of, or appealing to nerds. That is a nerdy song. I got a pair of nerdy glasses and clothes for Halloween.
Synonyms: (like a nerd) nerdish
related terms:
  • nerdily
  • nerdiness
nerf {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From automobile racing; to bump another car (ca. 1950s?).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (auto racing) To bump lightly, whether accidentally or purposefully. A racer will often nerf another as a psychological tactic.
etymology 2 From the trademark NERF (an abbreviation of "non-expanding recreational foam"), a range of toys made of soft foam, ineffective as actual weapons (1969).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) to water down, dumb down or especially weaken, particularly in video games. The lightning spell was pretty powerful before they nerfed it.
  • fern, Fern
nerts etymology Alteration of nuts to avoid vulgar nuts
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, euphemistic) Crazy; nuts.
    • Grosset and Dunlap present Show girl‎, page 47, Joseph Patrick McEvoy, 1928, “"You'd be plumb nerts" says he, "to think of it."”
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, euphemistic) Nuts! Expression of dismay.
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  • rents, 'rents
  • snert
  • stern
  • terns
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (informal, slang) nuts.
  2. (informal, slang) nonsense.
Synonyms: See also .
nerve etymology Recorded since circa 1374, from Malayalam nervus, from Latin nervus. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (zoology) A bundle of neuron with their connective tissue sheath, blood vessel and lymphatic. The nerves can be seen through the skin.
  2. (nonstandard, colloquial) A neuron.
  3. (botany) A vein in a leaf; a grain in wood Some plants have ornamental value because of their contrasting nerves
  4. Courage, boldness. He hasn't the nerve to tell her he likes her, what a wimp!
    • 2013, Daniel Taylor, Jack Wilshere scores twice to ease Arsenal to victory over Marseille (in The Guardian, 26 November 2013) A trip to the whistling, fire-cracking Stadio San Paolo is always a test of nerve but Wenger's men have already outplayed the Italians once.
  5. Patience. {{rfexample}} {{rfex}}
  6. Stamina, endurance, fortitude.
    • Milton He led me on to mightiest deeds, / Above the nerve of mortal arm.
  7. Audacity, gall. He had the nerve to enter my house uninvited.
    • {{RQ:Wodehouse Offing}}
  8. (in the plural) Agitation caused by fear, stress or other negative emotion. Ellie had a bad case of nerves before the big test.
  9. (obsolete) Sinew, tendon.
    • 1610, , by , act 1 scene 2 Come on; obey: / Thy nerves are in their infancy again, / And have no vigour in them.
  • See also
related terms: {{rel-top3}}
  • enervate
  • neuron
  • nervous
  • nervure
{{rel-mid3}} {{rel-bottom}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To give courage; sometimes with "up". May their example nerve us to face the enemy.
  2. (transitive) To give strength The liquor nerved up several of the men after their icy march.
  • never
nervous Nellie Alternative forms: nervous nellie, Nervous Nellie, nervous nelly, nervous Nelly, Nervous Nelly
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person whose personality and usual behavior are characterized by worry, insecurity, and timidity.
    • 1925 Jan. 19, "Gentlemen Asleep," Time: Political opponents doubted his capacity, referred to him as "too nervous, too worried a little man," and remarked that his Senatorial colleagues used to refer to him humorously as "Nervous Nellie."
    • 1993 Nov. 22, Richard Zoglin, "Hill Street Blues on Happy Juice" (TV review of "Bakersfield P.D."), Time: The captain is a nervous Nellie who can't make a decision without the approval of his protective aide-de-camp.
related terms:
  • nervous-Nellie (adj.)
nervous-Nellie Alternative forms: nervous-nellie, Nervous-Nellie, nervous-nelly, nervous-Nelly, Nervous-Nelly
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Characterized by worry or anxiety; having a weak, insecure personality.
    • 1993, , "Goodbye, Mr. Gibson (film review of The Man Without a Face)," Newsweek, , 30 Aug, Woody Allen plays his most frazzled variation on the Woody we know best: a nervous-Nellie urban neurotic kvetching his way through life as a means of avoiding it.
related terms:
  • nervous Nellie (noun)
nessness etymology -ness + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The quintessence of being.
Nestorian etymology Nestor + ian
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (sometimes, pejorative) relating to teachings or to the followers of A Nestorian stele, dated 781AD, was discovered in 1625 near Changan
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes, pejorative) A perceived follower of in the fourth and fifth centuries. A member of a "Nestorian" church. After his return he bitterly complained of being called a Nestorian by the Monophysite Philoxenus, declaring that he "knew nothing" of Nestorius.
  • anointers, reanoints
netcop etymology net + cop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang, derogatory) A user who attempts to enforce netiquette or other standards, especially on Usenet.
Synonyms: cybercop
netcronym etymology From net and acronym.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, informal, rare) An acronym or initialism used on the Internet, such as LOL for "laugh out loud".
nethead etymology net + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An obsessive Internet user.
    • 1995, Jessie Cameron Herz, Surfing on the Internet: a nethead's adventure on-line
    • 1998, Kimberly S. Young, Caught in the net (page 175) This is, after all, a gathering of a typical fraternity of netheads, those Internet-obsessed students who every night fill the large computer labs sprinkled throughout campus.
  2. (slang) A supporter of the Internet and its flexibility and technical underpinnings, contrasted with Bellhead (a supporter of traditional centralized telecommunications network).
nether cheek etymology From nether + cheek.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (often, pluralized, euphemistic, sometimes, humorous) The buttock.
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Synonyms: butt-cheek
nether region Alternative forms: netherregion etymology From nether + region.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (often, pluralized) Hell; a realm beneath the surface of the earth conceived as the abode of the soul of the dead and, sometimes, as the abode of demon or evil spirit.
    • 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, ch. 23 , “At this instant old Roger Chillingworth thrust himself through the crowd—or, perhaps, so dark, disturbed, and evil was his look, he rose up out of some nether region.”
    • 1890, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Firm of Girdlestone, ch. 25 , “None of them were sorry when Faust was duly consigned to the nether regions.”
    • 1921, William MacLeod Raine, Gunsight Pass, ch. 1 , “The other, dwarfed and prehensile, might in its uncanny silhouette have been an imp of darkness from the nether regions.”
  2. (often, pluralized, by extension) A place which is subterranean or enclose beneath a surface, especially one which is dark, dank, or otherwise inhospitable.
    • 1918, Arthur Quiller-Couch, Foe-Farrell, ch. 12 , “But the steward of those nether regions marked him, by the electric lamps, as a lurking passenger to be watched; and wondered who, at that depth in the ship, could be carrying valuables.”
  3. (often, pluralized, euphemistic, sometimes, humorous) The groin or buttock.
    • {{quote-news}}
Synonyms: (Hell; a realm beneath the earth) Hades, netherworld, underworld
net minder Alternative forms: net-minder
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ice hockey) goalkeeper, player whose role it is to defend the goal
net-net Alternative forms: net net
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (finance, humorous) Get to the point; give me the summary; stop rambling; show me the bottom line.
  • tenent
  • tenten
netslang etymology net + slang
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The slang used on the Internet.
etymology 1 Possibly a corruption of necessity or necessary; Old English nid. Alternatively it may be derived from Italian gabinetti. Alternative forms: netty
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Tyneside and Wearside) toilet
etymology 2 net + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (internet, informal) A Usenet user.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Neurologist.
Synonyms: neurologist
neurotic pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Affected with a neurosis.
  2. (informal) Overly anxious. exampleHe is getting neurotic about time-keeping.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} “I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera, the gorged dowagers, the worn-out, passionless men,{{nb...}}, the speed-mad fugitives from the furies of ennui, the neurotic victims of mental cirrhosis,{{nb...}}!”
    • {{RQ:Wodehouse Offing}}
  3. (medicine) Useful in disorders of, or affecting, the nerves.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who has a neurosis
  • countrie, unerotic
Nevada gas etymology The first gas chamber was used in Nevada, USA on February 8, 1924.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) hydrogen cyanide, used in the gas chamber
never {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈnɛv.ə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈnɛvɚ/
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etymology From Old English næfre.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. At no time; on no occasion; in no circumstance.
    • 1634, , John Fletcher, , Act 2, Scene 4, Why should I love this Gentleman? Tis odds / He never will affect me;
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “In the old days, to my commonplace and unobserving mind, he gave no evidences of genius whatsoever. He never read me any of his manuscripts, […], and therefore my lack of detection of his promise may in some degree be pardoned.”
    • 1908, Lucy Maud Montgomery, , Chapter XXI: A New Departure in Flavorings, "I never thought you were so fond of Mr. Phillips that you'd require two handkerchiefs to dry your tears just because he was going away," said Marilla.
    • 1919, B. G. Jefferis, J. L. Nichols, , Never speak of the symptoms of your patient in his presence, unless questioned by the doctor, whose orders you are always to obey implicitly.
    exampleI finally finished, and I never want to do that again. exampleI repeated the test a hundred times, and never saw a positive result. exampleI will never tell.
  2. Not at any other time; not on any other occasion; not previously.
    • 1601 Novenber 30, Elizabeth I of England, , There is no jewel, be it of never so rich a price, which I set before this jewel: I mean your love.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, , Chapter 4, "He is just what a young man ought to be," said she, "sensible, good-humoured, lively; and I never saw such happy manners!--so much ease, with such perfect good breeding!"
    • 1908, Lucy Maud Montgomery, , Chapter XIII: The Delights of Anticipation, I never saw such an infatuated man.
  3. (colloquial) Negative particle (used to negate verbs in the simple past tense; also used absolutely). exampleThe police say I stole the car, but I never did it. exampleYou said you were going to mow the lawn today.I never!''
  • always
  • {{rank}}
  • nerve

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