Nev"er (?), adv. [AS. nfre; ne not, no + fre ever.]
Not ever; not at any time; at no time, whether past, present, or future.
Death still draws nearer, never seeming near.
In no degree; not in the least; not.
Whosoever has a friend to guide him, may carry his eyes in another man's head, and yet see never the worse.
And he answered him to never a word.
Matt. xxvii. 14.
⇒ Never is much used in composition with present participles to form adjectives, as in never-ceasing, never-dying, never-ending, never-fading, never-failing, etc., retaining its usual signification.
Never a deal, not a bit. [Obs.]
-- Never so, as never before; more than at any other time, or in any other circumstances; especially; particularly; -- now often expressed or replaced by ever so.
Ask me never so much dower and gift.
Gen. xxxiv. 12.
A fear of battery, ... though never so well grounded, is no duress.
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