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Not one: "Frequently, measures of major import ... glide through these chambers with nary a whisper of debate" (George B. Merry).

[Alteration of ne'er a.]


dialect not; never: nary a man was left.
[C19: variant of ne'er a never a]


(ˈnɛər i)

not any.
[1740–50; variant of ne'er a never a]
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Adj.1.nary - (used with singular count nouns) colloquial for `not a' or `not one' or `never a'; "heard nary a sound"
no - quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns for indicating a complete or almost complete lack or zero quantity of; "we have no bananas"; "no eggs left and no money to buy any"; "have you no decency?"; "did it with no help"; "I'll get you there in no time"


adj (old) with nary a wordohne ein Wort zu sagen
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No one, indeed, could fail to see uncle Jerry; for he shed tears more than once, and in the intervals between the essays descanted to his neighbors concerning the marvelous gifts of one of the graduating class whom he had known ever since she was a child; in fact, had driven her from Maplewood to Riverboro when she left her home, and he had told mother that same night that there wan't nary rung on the ladder o' fame that that child wouldn't mount before she got through with it.
You-all can win my dust and dirt, but nary one of my dawgs.
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Before a belated crackdown in 2002, the city of New York was an open parking lot for diplomats: Pleading immunity, they were free to pluck tickets from their windshields with nary a thought of paying up.
It can rain on days the sky starts out crystalline blue, with nary a cloud to behold.