adjective Etymology: alteration of ne'er a Date: 1848 dialect not any ; not one <
I must have it back as I have nary other copy — Flannery O'Connor

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • nary — The colloquial or dialect expression nary a (= not a) was exclusively American until the 20c, when it began to appear in British works: • You can wander around the cavernous vaults of the Law Courts in the Strand these days and come across nary a …   Modern English usage

  • nary — [ner′ē] adj. [altered < ne er a, never a] Dial. not any; no: with a or an [nary a doubt] …   English World dictionary

  • nary — (adj.) 1746, alteration of ne er a, short for never a …   Etymology dictionary

  • nary — car·dio·pul·mo·nary; cul·i·nary; dis·ci·pli·nary; doc·tri·nary; el·ee·mos·y·nary; em·bry·o·nary; lacu·nary; lam·i·nary; lim·i·nary; mol·i·nary; nary; ob·sid·i·o·nary; oc·tog·e·nary; pag·i·nary; qua·drag·e·nary; san·gui·nary; sap·o·nary;… …   English syllables

  • Nary — Recorded in many spelling forms including O Neary, Neary, Nairy, Narrie, Naree, Nary, Narry, Nerrie, Norry, and Norrie, this is an Irish surname. It is only rarely, if ever, found with the Gaelic O prefix which it seems to have lost in the 17th… …   Surnames reference

  • nary — na|ry [ˈneəri US ˈneri] adv old fashioned [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: ne er a not a ] nary a sth not one ▪ They said nary a word …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nary — nar|y [ neri ] adverb OLD FASHIONED never. Nary a means not a single one : I was young with nary a penny to my name …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • nary — /ˈnɛəri/ (say nairree) phrase nary a, never a; not a single: *Mary sat there picking daintily at a wing with not a hair out of place and nary a smile. –colleen mccullough, 1975. {US regional; also British dialect; contraction of ne er a} …   Australian English dictionary

  • nary — /nair ee/, adj. Older Use. not any; no; never a: nary a sound.. [1740 50; var. of ne er a never a] * * * …   Universalium

  • nary — adjective /nɛəɹi/ not one There was nary a blip in sales …   Wiktionary

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