Idioms

    now and again, occasionally.Also now and then.
    now that, inasmuch as; since: Now that she is rich and famous, she is constantly being besieged by appeals for aid.

Origin of now

before 900; 1965–70 for def 11; Middle English; Old English nū, cognate with Old Norse, Gothic nū; akin to German nun, Latin num, Sanskrit nu, Greek nú, nûn
Related formsnow·ness, noun
Can be confusedcurrently immediately momentarily now presently soon (see synonym study at immediately) (see usage note at presently)
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British Dictionary definitions for now and again

Word Origin for now

Old English nū; compare Old Saxon nū, German nun, Latin nunc, Greek nu
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Word Origin and History for now and again

now


adv.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with now and again (1 of 2)

now and again


Also, now and then. See every now and then.

Idioms and Phrases with now and again (2 of 2)

now


In addition to the idioms beginning with now

  • now and again
  • now or never, it's
  • now that
  • now you're talking

also see:

  • any day (now)
  • every now and then
  • here and now
  • just now
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