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  1. at the present day; in these times: Few people do their laundry by hand nowadays.
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  1. the present: The kitchens of nowadays are much more efficient than when I was a boy.
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Origin of nowadays

1325–75; Middle English nou adaies; see now, a-1, day, -s1
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  1. in these times
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Word Origin

C14: from now + adays from Old English a on + dæges genitive of day
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Word Origin and History for nowadays


late 14c., contracted from Middle English nou adayes (mid-14c.), from now + adayes "during the day," with adverbial genitive (see day).

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