Never is defined as absolutely not, or not ever.
An example of never is someone saying they will not ever eat veal.
- not ever; at no time
- not at all; by no chance; in no case; under no conditions
Origin of neverMiddle English nevere from Old English næfre from ne, not (see no) + æfre, ever
see the phrase under mind
- Not ever; on no occasion; at no time: He had never been there before. You never can be sure.
- Not at all; in no way; absolutely not: Never fear. That will never do.
Origin of neverMiddle English from Old English nǣfre ne not ; see ne in Indo-European roots. ǣfre ever ; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.
- At no time; on no occasion; in no circumstance.
- I finally finished, and I never want to do that again.
- I repeated the test a hundred times, and never saw a positive result.
- I will never tell.
- Not at any other time; not on any other occasion; not previously.
- (colloquial) Negative particle (used to negate verbs in the simple past tense; also used absolutely).
- The police say I stole the car, but I never did it.
- You said you were going to mow the lawn today. - I never!
Old English nÃ¦fre