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adjective Older Use.
  1. not any; no; never a: nary a sound.
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Origin of nary

First recorded in 1740–50; variant of ne'er a never a
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  1. dialect not; nevernary a man was left
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Word Origin

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.

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