Nary is a slightly difficult word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of nary, followed by 35 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - (used with singular count nouns) colloquial for `not a' or `not one' or `never a'
EXAMPLES - Nary in a Sentence
- (having plenty of shrimp), but 'nary' bite had we. (source)
- My bet is Google will now fade with nary a whimper. (source)
- "They ain't nary one with me," Robert answered dolefully. (source)
- And nary a word on the subject of same-sex marriage bills. (source)
- This or'nary is goin 'to be kept decent as long as I keep it. (source)
- It was a calm, hot desert day with nary a breath of air blowing on the riverbanks. (source)
- Yes, you see, Andy, missis wants to make time, -- dat ar's clar to der most or'nary 'bserver. (source)
- "Yes, you see, Andy, Missis wants to make time, -- dat ar's clar to der most or'nary 'bserver. (source)
- Well if you have to ask, it's probably not much -- and, frankly, it's nary a slap on the wrist. (source)
- There was nary a chip to be found when I went back to the salon to get it removed about 18 days later. (source)
- When I'm introduced by my professional name, "Linda Reid", nary a soul guesses I'm an immigrant from Greece. (source)
- I happily went about my night and mentioned nary a word about the incident of the soap on the beautiful floor. (source)
- At her Malibu vacation house, shelves hold an array of Manolo Blahnik heels with nary a scuff mark on the soles. (source)
- Run up the curtain, however, and "nary" another Aminadab Sleek will you ever hear groaning under the paws of the royal Bengal. (source)
- BTW, Bilbo there was nary a word about political or social causes unless freedom of expression has now fallen into that category. (source)
- "Lucky" understands that Verna is buying a fantasy in increments, thus there's nary a word about what some call a tax on the poor. (source)
- Why is there always blog after blog from John King and his show and nary a word about GPS which has to be the best NEWS hour on CNN? (source)
- Clausen-tan and trim in his black suit with nary a hair out of place-continued to nod like one of those bobbing dogs you stick on your dashboard. (source)
- So, while my mailbox is regularly flooded with communications from the state Democratic party, I got nary a word about HRC's New Jersey appearances. (source)
- Yesterday the annual report on the state of Medicare and Social Security came out (short version: not good), but nary a word was spoken on the trail. (source)
- Alvin spoke not a word to Ta-Kumsaw all the way south to the headwaters of the My-Ammy, and Ta-Kumsaw spoke nary a word to him as they dug out a canoe together. (source)
- Through it all, Governor Kaine has been one of the Democrats 'most reliable surrogate voices, both publicly and privately, with nary a message misstep to his name. (source)
- We have certainly been favoured with extraordi - nary luck during this inquiry, and it will be entirely our own fault if we do not succeed in clearing the matter up. (source)
- Clef was still playing, his whole body concentrating on the UNICORN POINT 1333 effort, as if what had occurred so far were only the prelimi - nary to something greater. (source)
- The express elevator stops at an electronically limited 155 mph but there's little doubt the car could achieve 190 mph with nary a bead of sweat on guvnor's stiff upper lip. (source)
- The BBC have covered the story with the headline "Greens welcome new climate dept" and comments from Green groups but nary a word from anyone who knows the truth about Climate Change. (source)
- This quickie version, cooked in a modern oven for just a few hours, arrives in a soupy yellow base, with little or no discernible kick or spice perfume, and nary a trace of any wood flavor. (source)
- It actually has the feel of iCarly or Hannah Montana (they will probably hate to hear that, cool college kids though they are, but there is nary a rough edge in sight, and again, they're all so pretty). (source)
- Nightlife isn't all spring breakers and college co-eds; nary a keg or pinata in sight, these spectacular, world-class destinations put a glamorous and hedonistic spin on letting loose and experiencing party culture at its peak. (source)
- -- And whither goest Lauren Graham, who starred on "Gilmore Girls" for seven seasons with nary an Emmy nom because the series aired for most of its run, and all of its good seasons, on WB -- a network the academy was deeply invested in ignoring. (source)
- Innocent, as it were, of any natural resistance to such effluvia, the dazed wizard promptly whirled and barfed all over the nether regions of the commandant, making an admirably thorough job of it and missing nary a square inch of the glossy white cloth. (source)
- To which Alvin had nary a thing to say, it being true, and for a moment they just stared into each other's eyes, each knowing how far down the long road of the Red man's suffering and exile the other had walked; no other White man could ever know what they knew. (source)
- As I passed the well-remembered door, which must always be associ - ated in my mind with my wooing, and with the dark incidents of the Study in Scarlet, I was seized with a keen desire to see Holmes again, and to know how he was employing his extraordi - nary powers. (source)
- You know, back in the day, I had a certain sympathy for Democrat Steve Cohen (TN-09): back in 2008 he had been targeted for being a Jew by primary challenger Nikki Tinker, with nary a word of objection made by then Senator and now-President Barack Obama, who Cohen enthusiastically supported. (source)
- P.S. - On the subject of call-me-Dave, if the Indy can be trusted (lovely folk; running a regular feature now showcasing Tory policy compared with Labour with nary a word on us despite polls indicating the majority of their readership votes liberal), he's now making firm promises regarding who'll get what cabinet post. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 35 example sentences provided below is 63.0, which suggests that "nary" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.
We have 7 synonyms for nary.
nar, narc, nark, navy, nay, vary, wary
We have 0 antonyms for nary.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of nary from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Not one: "Frequently, measures of major import . . . glide through these chambers with nary a whisper of debate” ( George B. Merry).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) not one
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) A corruption of ne'er a, never a (the article being sometimes erroneously repeated after the word in which it is contained).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) (used with singular count nouns) colloquial for `not a' or `not one' or `never a'