1. Not ever; not at any time; at no time, whether past, present, or future.
Death still draws nearer, never seeming near. --Pope.
2. 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. --South.
And he answered him to never a word. --Matt. xxvii. 14.
Note: ☞ 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.] --Chaucer.
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. --Blackstone.
adv 1: not ever; at no time in the past or future; "I have never
been to China"; "I shall never forget this day"; "had
never seen a circus"; "never on Sunday"; "I will never
marry you!" [syn: ne'er] [ant: always]
2: not at all; certainly not; not in any circumstances; "never
fear"; "bringing up children is never easy"; "that will
never do"; "what is morally wrong can never be politically