Origin of evening
Synonyms for evening
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to make or become even, smooth, or flat: The wrinkles will even out when the suit dries.
- to become equal, balanced, stable, etc.: optimistic that the situation would even out eventually.
Origin of even1
Synonyms for even
Antonyms for even
Related Words for eveningeven, decline, dim, dusk, eve, dark, nightfall, sundown, eventide, close, twilight, sunset, duskiness, black
Examples from the Web for evening
Contemporary Examples of evening
It was neither the best nor worst pickup line I encountered that evening.
That latter fear crossed my mind more than once during the evening.
You had a great line in your piece on Geoffrey Beene about the “genre” of evening wear.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
People come to The Ball with many different goals in mind, depending on what they are looking for that evening.
But by Wednesday evening there was little in the way of organized protests or random unrest in the area.St. Louis Shooting Is the Anti-Ferguson
December 25, 2014
Historical Examples of evening
He spent such an evening there at the end of their first month in New York.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Since he went to Salamis in search of you, I have not seen him until late this evening.
For more than an hour, there was perfect stillness, as the shades of evening deepened.
"Some portions of the evening I enjoyed exceedingly," replied Philothea.
In consideration of the health of Paralus, the customary evening procession was dispensed with.
Word Origin for evening
- (of a number) divisible by two
- characterized or indicated by such a numbermaps are on the even pages Compare odd (def. 4)
- a bet in which the winnings are the same as the amount staked
- (as modifier)the even-money favourite
Word Origin for even
Word Origin for even
Old English efen "level," also "equal, like; calm, harmonious; quite, fully; namely," from Proto-Germanic *ebnaz (cf. Old Saxon eban, Old Frisian even "level, plain, smooth," Dutch even, Old High German eban, German eben, Old Norse jafn, Danish jævn, Gothic ibns).
Etymologists are uncertain whether the original sense was "level" or "alike." Used extensively in Old English compounds, with a sense of "fellow, co-" (e.g. efeneald "of the same age;" Middle English even-sucker "foster-brother"). Of numbers, from 1550s. Modern adverbial sense (introducing an extreme case of something more generally implied) seems to have arisen 16c. from use of the word to emphasize identity ("Who, me?" "Even you," etc.) Sense of "on an equal footing" is from 1630s. Rhyming reduplication phrase even steven is attested from 1866; even break first recorded 1911. Even-tempered from 1875.
"to make level," Old English efnan (see even (adj.)).
"end of the day," Old English æfen, Mercian efen, Northumbrian efern (see eve).
see good day (evening).
In addition to the idioms beginning with even
- even money
- even so
- break even
- never give a sucker an even break
- on an even keel