- not any; no; never a: nary a sound.
Origin of nary
First recorded in 1740–50; variant of ne'er a never a
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Examples from the Web for nary
Venetians sip their coffee in quiet squares and walk their dogs along the waterfront with nary a tourist in sight.After the Wedding: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin in Venice
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 28, 2014
I remember my early years as full of excitement, friends, and adventure, nary an iron bar in sight.This Is What It Is Like To Be Deaf From Birth
December 23, 2013
Marshall himself would have nary a cross word for Dixie of course.The ‘Tennessee Crackers’ Would Have Never Happened
November 30, 2013
This, of course, contradicted years of NFL statements, and there has been nary a peep since.This Book Will Stop You Watching Football
October 8, 2013
It is, in short, the same old dog-eared Republican playbook with nary an acknowledgement that Obama just won reelection.Why Paul Ryan’s Star Dimmed
March 21, 2013
Hope with empty pockets is rich compared to wealth with "nary a" hope.
But I noticed that he hadn't spoke for nary Conservative but himself.
But nary sign was there of a private secretary and assistant.
I didn't rescue that scalawag because I had any Christian sentiments, nary bit.Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
"Nary a worm," he exclaimed in disgust, as he threw the tin into the lake.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
- dialect not; nevernary a man was left
C19: variant of ne'er a never a
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Word Origin and History for nary
1746, alteration of ne'er a, short for never a.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper