Origin of now
Related Words for nowtoday, straightaway, forthwith, directly, immediately, instantly, nowadays, away, momentarily, promptly, pronto, soon, PDQ, instanter, presently
Examples from the Web for now
Contemporary Examples of now
Submission is set in a France seven years from now that is dominated by a Muslim president intent on imposing Islamic law.
His discourse is now more detailed: submission, which is the meaning of islam in Arabic, gives him a kind of enjoyment.
He looks like a man who should have had kids, but now never will.The Muslim Cop Killed by Terrorists
January 9, 2015
And now, similarly, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee: "Bend over and take it like a prisoner!"Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!
January 8, 2015
I wonder what that lady is doing now, and if she knows what she set in motion with Archer?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
Historical Examples of now
At length the servant returned, saying his master was now ready to see them.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
This trained neutrality of Mrs. Bines served her finely now.
The reason I write promptly is that you may not go out of the country just now.
Now you and sis never get up with any such light poetic notion as that.
The impulse that had prompted him to hail her now prompted wild words.
- (sentence connector)used to preface an important remark, the next step in an argument, etc
- (interjection)an expression of mild reproofnow then, don't tease!
- used as a transitional particle or hesitation wordnow, I can't really say
- used for emphasisnow listen to this
- used at the end of a command, esp in dismissalrun along, now
Word Origin for now
Old English nu "now, at present, immediately; now that," also used as an interjection and as an introductory word; common Germanic (cf. Old Norse nu, Dutch nu, Old Frisian nu, German nun, Gothic nu "now"), from PIE *nu "now" (cf. Sanskrit and Avestan nu, Old Persian nuram, Hittite nuwa, Greek nu, nun, Latin nunc, Old Church Slavonic nyne, Lithuanian nu, Old Irish nu-). Perhaps originally "newly, recently," and related to the root of new.
Often merely emphatic; non-temporal usage (cf. Now, then) was in Old English. The adjective meaning "up to date" first recorded 1967, but the word was used also as an adjective in Middle English with the sense "current" from late 14c. Now and then "occasionally" is from 1530s; now or never attested from 1550s.
In addition to the idioms beginning with now
- now and again
- now or never, it's
- now that
- now you're talking
- any day (now)
- every now and then
- here and now
- just now