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[ned] /nɛd/
a male given name, form of Edward.


or NED

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  • Mrs. Baker and John were with us; Ned was not, but I knew that he would follow.

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  • She had been vexed by Ned's admiration for me; and yet—and yet she didn't understand.

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  • It is his right to know the truth, and—what can Ned say while I'm affianced?

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  • I longed to be by myself that I might recall Ned's every look and word.

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  • How could I chatter nothings when Ned was by my side, smiling down at me so confusedly?

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British Dictionary definitions for Ned


(Scot, slang, derogatory) a young working-class male who dresses in casual sports clothes
Derived Forms
neddy, neddish, adjective
Word Origin
C20: a shortened form of Edward
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Word Origin and History for Ned

masc. proper name, a familiar abbreviation of Edward. Related: Neddy.

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