nows my time to run away from my cross mother, Klara said to herself.
There is the old shepherd, Will, but he only comes into the house by nows and thens.
nows our chance to make an end of this customer for once and all!
Shove off, shove off; nows your time, for the under–current is failing her.
The Places have their own nows, the now of the Big Time we're on, but that's different and it's not made for real living.
nows our chance to get back while the guns are socking it into em.
I forget him most of the time, but nows and thens he speaks up and gives me to understand he's there all right.
We have also discovered that the longest life is but a succession of nows.
We do hear of old Nanny, that cometh by nows and thens for waste victuals, that daft Madge is something sick.
Bout all anybody can make farmin is plenty to eat and a little to wear long time ago and nows the same way.
Old English nu "now, at present, immediately; now that," also used as an interjection and as an introductory word; common Germanic (cf. Old Norse nu, Dutch nu, Old Frisian nu, German nun, Gothic nu "now"), from PIE *nu "now" (cf. Sanskrit and Avestan nu, Old Persian nuram, Hittite nuwa, Greek nu, nun, Latin nunc, Old Church Slavonic nyne, Lithuanian nu, Old Irish nu-). Perhaps originally "newly, recently," and related to the root of new.
Often merely emphatic; non-temporal usage (cf. Now, then) was in Old English. The adjective meaning "up to date" first recorded 1967, but the word was used also as an adjective in Middle English with the sense "current" from late 14c. Now and then "occasionally" is from 1530s; now or never attested from 1550s.
Up-to-date; very much au courant; thoroughly modern: tripping out on now words/ the Right On, Now Generation (1967+)