1. not real or true; imaginary or ideal; illusory: the never-never world of the cinema.

Origin of never-never

First recorded in 1880–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for never-never

Contemporary Examples of never-never

  • And this never-never tepid retread of a Bush-era policy is, incredibly, the only actual policy on offer.

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    Megan McArdle

    October 23, 2012

Historical Examples of never-never

  • Let me be just her stand-by, her perching-place; never-never her cage!'

  • "There's time enough for everything in the Never-Never," he said.

    We of the Never-Never

    Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn

  • Sadly enough, there are too many who Never-Never do leave it.

    We of the Never-Never

    Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn

  • We'll teach you all the songs of the Never-Never in time; listen!

    We of the Never-Never

    Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn

  • Go, go away, back to the never-never land, stay there and be safe.

    The Brain

    Alexander Blade

British Dictionary definitions for never-never


  1. the hire-purchase system of buying
  2. Australian remote desert country, as that of W Queensland and central Australia
  1. imaginary; idyllic (esp in the phrase never-never land)
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