aren't
Date: 1675 1. are not <
they aren't here yet
>
2. am not — used in questions <
I'm right, aren't I?
>

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  • aren't — [[t]ɑrnt, ˈɑr ənt[/t]] 1) contraction of are not[/ex] 2) contraction of am not (used interrogatively) • Etymology: as contr. of am not, a doublet of ain t (without raising of the vowel), sp. aren t by r less speakers; ar was later substituted for …   From formal English to slang

  • aren't — [a:nt US ˈa:rənt] v a) the short form of are not ▪ They aren t here. b) the short form of am not , used in questions ▪ I m in big trouble, aren t I? …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • aren't — [ arnt ] short form 1. ) the usual way of saying or writing are not. This is not often used in formal writing.: We aren t going to Florida this year. 2. ) the usual way of saying or writing am not in questions: I m looking thinner, aren t I? …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • aren't — 1794, contraction of are not, originally written are n t and generally so into early 19c. If ain t I? is objected to, surely aren t I? is very much worse. [Lady Grove, The Social Fetich, 1907] …   Etymology dictionary

  • aren't — [[t]ɑ͟ː(r)nt, AM also ɑ͟ːrənt[/t]] ♦♦ 1) Aren t is the usual spoken form of are not . 2) Aren t is the form of am not that is used in questions or tags in spoken English …   English dictionary

  • aren't — [ärnt] contraction 1. are not 2. am not: used occasionally in questions [I m helping you, aren t I?] …   English World dictionary

  • aren't — (are not) do not exist, do not live, do not occupy a position, do not exist in a particular condition (2nd person singular; 2nd person plural) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • aren't — ► CONTRACTION 1) are not. 2) am not (only used in questions) …   English terms dictionary

  • aren't — /ahrnt, ahr euhnt/ 1. contraction of are not. 2. contraction of am not (used interrogatively). [as contr. of am not, a doublet of AIN T (without raising of the vowel), sp. aren t by r less speakers; ar was later substituted for the long a by… …   Universalium

  • aren't — contraction 1》 are not. 2》 am not (only used in questions). Usage Aren t is used to mean ‘am not’ in questions, as in I m right, aren t I? Outside questions, aren t used to mean ‘am not’ (e.g. I aren t going) is wrong …   English new terms dictionary

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