Definition of nary in US English:



dialect, informal
  • ‘nary a murmur or complaint’
    nonstandard form of not
    • ‘If this band takes its name from any story, it's clearly this one, and yet, the band makes nary a mention of it.’
    • ‘By the time the film was about to begin, nary a chair was left unoccupied.’
    • ‘It took nary a second longer to decide that Steve was actually using a coping mechanism for what most called a life.’
    • ‘Finally, with nary an extra to be found, not even a trailer, this disc is the very definition of bare bones.’
    • ‘There's nary a nipple in site, which suggests that the marketing people knew they had to sell the sizzle instead of the steak.’


Mid 18th century: from the phrase ne'er a.