Origin of never
Examples from the Web for never
The simple, awful truth is that free speech has never been particularly popular in America.
He looks like a man who should have had kids, but now never will.
In an email exchange a friend said many had repeated this same succinct review but they could never elaborate.
Meanwhile, almost exactly 30 years after the trial, the judge left his home to board a steamboat and was never heard from again.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In the end, I find it never fails to modernize even the most dramatic things.
Now I had never thought of such a thing until he suggested it.The Story of Scraggles|George Wharton James
I have never been in any place in which the relations with Moslems have been so easy and friendly.Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan, Volume II (of 2)|Isabella L. Bird
Never could he look to the old gentleman for a friendly word, or a bit of help over a hard financial place again.The Corner House Girls Growing Up|Grace Brooks Hill
Had that not been the case Bandy-legs could never have fallen down through it to land in the fireplace below.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods|Lawrence J. Leslie
I think you will never get any more of your money back at all.'The Orange Girl|Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for never
adverb, sentence substitute
Word Origin for never
Word Origin and History for never
Old English næfre "never," compound of ne "not, no" (from PIE root *ne- "no, not;" see un-) + æfre "ever" (see ever). Early used as an emphatic form of not (as still in never mind). Old English, unlike its modern descendant, had the useful custom of attaching ne to words to create their negatives, as in nabban for na habban "not to have."
Italian giammai, French jamais, Spanish jamas are from Latin iam "already" + magis "more;" thus literally "at any time, ever," originally with a negative, but this has been so thoroughly absorbed in sense as to be formally omitted.
Phrase never say die "don't despair" is from 1818. Never Never Land is first attested in Australia as a name for the uninhabited northern part of Queensland (1884), perhaps so called because anyone who had gone there once never wished to return. Meaning "imaginary, illusory or utopian place" first attested 1900 in American English.
Idioms and Phrases with never
In addition to the idioms beginning with never
- never a dull moment
- never fear
- never give a sucker an even break
- never had it so good, one
- never hear the end of
- never mind
- never miss a trick
- never put off until tomorrow
- never say die
- never say never
- better late than never
- it never rains but it pours
- lightning never strikes twice
- now or never
- watched pot never boils
- wonders will never cease
- you never can tell