nary a

Not one, as in There's nary a mention of taxes in that speech, or Nary an officer could be seen. This archaic-sounding contraction of “never a” remains in current use. [Mid-1700s]


Nearby words

  1. narváez,
  2. narváez, pánfilo de,
  3. narwhal,
  4. narwhalian,
  5. nary,
  6. nas/uwt,
  7. nasa,
  8. nasal,
  9. nasal bone,
  10. nasal capsule

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