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
Examples from the Web for evenness
Historical Examples of evenness
There was an evenness about the strange voice that she understood better than its words.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
"Let us begin at the beginning," he replied, with an effort to imitate the evenness of her tone.The Lure of the Mask
The outlines which had been sharp were now blurred, its evenness had become scraggly.Greener Than You Think
It is impossible to write with composure or evenness on this subject.Shadows of Shasta
Never; you have yourself always admired me for my evenness of temper.Ten Years Later
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
- (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).
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