An example of nor is, "She didn't want ice cream or cake."
Origin of norMiddle English from ne-, not, no + or: see or
Origin of norNorthern Middle English
- a compound lacking a particular radical, often methyl, when compared to another compound: norepinephrine vs. epinephrine
- the straight-chain isomer: norleucine
Origin of nor-from nor(mal)
Origin of norMiddle English ne no ; see no 1. or or ; see or 1.
Usage Note: When neither begins a balanced construction that negates two parts of a sentence, nor, not or, must introduce the second part. Thus standard usage requires He is neither able nor (not or ) willing to go. Similarly, nor (not or ) must be used to start the second of two negative independent clauses: He cannot find anyone now, nor does he expect to find anyone in the future. Jane will never compromise with Bill, nor will Bill compromise with Jane. Note that in these constructions nor causes an inversion of the auxiliary verb and the subject ( does he … will Bill ). However, when a verb is negated by not or never, and is followed by a negative verb phrase (but not an entire clause), either or or nor is acceptable: He will not permit the change or (or nor ) even consider it. • In noun phrases of the type no this or that, or is more common than nor: He has no experience or interest (less frequently nor interest ) in chemistry. Or is also more common than nor when such a noun phrase, adjective phrase, or adverb phrase is introduced by not: He is not a philosopher or a statesman. They were not rich or happy. The senator did not speak persuasively or movingly on the issue. See Usage Note at neither. See Usage Note at or 1.
conjunctionChiefly Southern & Midland US
Origin of norMiddle English perhaps ultimately from nor nor ; see nor 1.
- or nor. a. northb. northern
Origin of nor-Short for normal
- (literary) And not (introducing a negative statement, without necessarily following one)
- Nor did I stop to think, but ran.
- A function word introducing each except the first term or series, indicating none of them is true
- I am neither hungry nor thirsty nor tired.
- Used to introduce a further negative statement
- The struggle didn't end, nor was it any less diminished.
- (UK, dialect, Yorkshire) Than.
- He's no better nor you.
- (logic, electronics) Alternative form of NOR.