ever

[ ev-er ]
/ ˈɛv ər /

adverb

at all times; always: an ever-present danger; He is ever ready to find fault.
continuously: ever since then.
at any time: Have you ever seen anything like it?
in any possible case; by any chance; at all (often used to intensify or emphasize a phrase or an emotional reaction as surprise or impatience): How did you ever manage to do it? If the band ever plays again, we will dance.

adjective

South Midland and Southern U.S. every: She rises early ever morning.

Idioms

    ever and again, now and then; from time to time.Also Literary, ever and anon.
    ever so, to a great extent or degree; exceedingly: They were ever so kind to me.

Origin of ever

before 1000; Middle English; Old English ǣfre
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British Dictionary definitions for ever and again

ever

/ (ˈɛvə) /

adverb


See also forever

Word Origin for ever

Old English ǣfre, of uncertain origin
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Idioms and Phrases with ever and again (1 of 2)

ever and again

Now and then, occasionally. For example, We visit her ever and again. This phrase has largely replaced the earlier ever and anon, dating from the late 1500s, but is less common than every now and then. [Late 1800s]


Idioms and Phrases with ever and again (2 of 2)

ever

In addition to the idiom beginning with ever

  • ever and again
  • every bit
  • every cloud has a silver lining
  • every dog has its day
  • every inch
  • every last one
  • every little bit helps
  • every man for himself
  • every man has his price
  • every minute counts
  • every nook and cranny
  • every now and then
  • every other
  • every single one
  • every so often
  • every time one turns around
  • every Tom, Dick, and Harry
  • every which way

also see:

  • hardly ever
  • live happily ever after

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