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The most surprising thing for my mother and father was when I was actually earning more money than them by the time I was about 18. They thought I was going to be the ne'er do well, who they'd have to keep worrying about.
Diane Cilento

Meaning of "ne'er" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF NE'ER

ne'er  [nɛə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF NE'ER

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Ne'er is an adverb.
The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE NE'ER

ne
ne plus ultra
Ne Win
ne´er-do-well
Ne´erday
ne´ertheless
NE1
NEA
Neagh
Neandertal
Neanderthal
Neanderthal man
Neanderthal men
neanderthaler
neanderthaloid
neanic
neap
neap season
neap tide

WORDS THAT END LIKE NE'ER

br´er
e´er
howe´er
o´er
whate´er
whatsoe´er
whene´er
whenso´er
where´er
wheresoe´er
whoe´er
whosoe´er

Synonyms and antonyms of ne'er in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «ne'er» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF NE'ER

Find out the translation of ne'er to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of ne'er from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «ne'er» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

游手好闲
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

ne´er
570 millions of speakers

English

ne´er
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

कदापि नहीं
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

لم تلمس
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

ne´er
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

ne´er
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কোন ক্রমে নহে
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

jamais
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tidak
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

nie
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ろくでなし
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

들지
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ne´er
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ne´er
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ne´er
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

Ne´er
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

asla
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

mai
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

ne´er
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

ne´er
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ne´er
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

άχρηστος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

nimmer
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

ne´er
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ne´er
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of ne'er

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «NE'ER»

The term «ne'er» is regularly used and occupies the 78.885 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «NE'ER» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about ne'er

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4 QUOTES WITH «NE'ER»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word ne'er.
1
Diane Cilento
The most surprising thing for my mother and father was when I was actually earning more money than them by the time I was about 18. They thought I was going to be the ne'er do well, who they'd have to keep worrying about.
2
Thomas Dekker
We are ne'er like angels till our passion dies.
3
Thomas Middleton
A little too wise, they say, do ne'er live long.
4
John Webster
Though lust do masque in ne'er so strange disguise she's oft found witty, but is never wise.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «NE'ER»

Discover the use of ne'er in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to ne'er and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Ne'er- Do- Well
This is Dornford Yates' only 'straight' detective novel - it is an uncommon murder story set in a convent, and reveals Yates' supreme talent for tension, strong characters and a page-turning plot.
Dornford Yates, 2001
2
The Ne'er-Do-Well
THE. NE'ER-DO-WELL. VICTORY It was a crisp November night. The artificial brilliance of Broadway was rivalled by a glorious moonlit sky. The first autumn frost was in the air, and on the side-streets long rows of taxicabs were standing, their ...
Rex Beach, 2008
3
Ne'er Forgot Shall be: A Genealogy of Clan McGillivray of ...
John McGillivray (1886-1934) immigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1910.
Marjory McGillivray Waters, 1980
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The Education of the Ne'er-Do-Well
This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series.
William H. Dooley, 2010
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The Ne'er-Do-Well (Webster's Chinese Simplified Thesaurus ...
This edition is written in English. However, there is a running Chinese Simplified thesaurus at the bottom of each page for the more difficult English words highlighted in the text. There are many editions of The Ne'er-Do-Well.
Inc Icon Group International, Rex Beach, 2010
6
The Ne'er-Do-Weel: Some Waterside Sketches ......
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923.
William Sorley Brown, 2012
7
Scalawags: Rogues, Roustabouts, Wags and Scamps - Brazen ...
SCALAWAGS, the lot of them. But you can be an adventurer, a conman or conwoman, a fool, liar, gambler, rodomontade or ragamuffin and not be a scalawag. Many adventurers are not even interesting, come to think of it, let alone scalawags.
Jim Christy, 2008
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Neighbors and Ne'er-Do-Wells
Neighbors and Ne'er-Do-Wells takes you back to the days of Jesus, to a time of faith in the midst of uncertainty, of unconditional love in the face of bigotry.
D. H. Shearer, 2013
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Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World
Chapter. 4. Social. Justice. and. Environmental. Sustainability: Ne'er. the. Twain. Shall. Meet? Andrew. Dobson. I have come to the reluctant conclusion that social justice and environmental sustainability are not always compatible objectives.
Robert D. Bullard, Julian Agyeman, Bob Evans, 2012
10
The proverbs of Scotland, collected and arranged, with notes ...
Ne'er find faut wi' my shoon, unless you pay my souter. Addressed to impertinent persons who find fault with the personal appearance or dress of others. Ne'er gang to the deil wi' the dishclout on your head. " If you will be a knave, be not in a  ...
Alexander Hislop (publisher), 1870

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «NE'ER»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term ne'er is used in the context of the following news items.
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Occupant allowed back into 'closed' Bognor Regis home
“The problem that we anticipate is that if the appellant returns to the property, the property itself is a magnet for the local ne'er do wells,” said the ... «Bognor Regis Observer, Jul 15»
2
CliffsNotes: 10 most popular titles for the studious (and the back-to …
Reading those titles – on the familiar yellow-and-black covers – will help some of you ne'er-do-wells relive some of your misspent youth. «AL.com, Jul 15»
3
The Grand Tournament, Hearthstone's next expansion, is due out …
... the noble knights and famous warriors all manner of eccentrics and ne'er-do-wells showed up too. So expect to see familiar faces from the tournament ground, ... «PCGamesN, Jul 15»
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Photo Flash: Foothill Music Theatre's A FUNNY THING HAPPENED …
Additional ne'er-do-wells, lovers, and fools will be portrayed by: Ray D'Ambrosio as "Marcus Lycus," Mike Meadors as "Hysterium," Scotty ... «Broadway World, Jul 15»
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LOVE ACTUALLY
RAJASTHAN Royals may be suspended from the IPL but their ne'er-say-die spirit must be commended. The cricketing franchise's official ... «Ahmedabad Mirror, Jul 15»
6
'Overlord: Fellowship of Evil' (ALL) Introduces the Minions - Screens …
Are you the type of ne'er-do-well who thinks that friends are the disgusting product of weak-minded goody-goodies? Fear not! You can always ... «WorthPlaying.com, Jul 15»
7
Last days of the slums: a portrait of Manchester by Shirley Baker
... sky but which ended up providing handy escape routes for drug dealers and other ne'er-do-wells who could make a quick getaway by bike. «The Guardian, Jul 15»
8
How to Make the Emoji Movie 100
We wanna see a whole squad of ne'er do wells walking away from explosions. The Purple Devils should be there, pushing Pile of Poop on a ... «Glamour, Jul 15»
9
The Wall of Worry Has Crumbled
That's one of the lowest readings of 2015, and it reflects an amazingly sudden onset of complacency among the ne'er-do-well crapshooters ... «Investorplace.com, Jul 15»
10
Secrets and Wives Finale Recap: Burning Down the House
Meanwhile, Jonathan is at his office wondering where Amy Miller's ne'er do well son, Max, is. After Max shows up 8 hours late, Jonathan reads ... «Reality Tea, Jul 15»

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