Definition of nor in English:


conjunction & adverb

  • 1Used before the second or further of two or more alternatives (the first being introduced by a negative such as “neither” or “not”) to indicate that they are each untrue or each do not happen.

    ‘they were neither cheap nor convenient’
    ‘the sheets were never washed, nor the towels, nor his shirts’
    • ‘Neither taste nor strength have been compromised in producing this alternative.’
    • ‘George said the building was not owned by the government nor the police force.’
    • ‘English in Nepal is unique in that it was introduced neither by colonization nor by missionaries.’
    • ‘Neither trade nor industry could offer a major alternative source of employment.’
    • ‘He was carrying neither a towel nor a change of clothing, so he did not climb down with her.’
    • ‘Again, neither the affirmative nor the negative answer is really satisfactory.’
    • ‘However, humans and animals should not drink directly from the river nor enter the water.’
    • ‘They indicated that they could neither speak nor hear but that they wanted him to sign the books of matches they had brought.’
    • ‘The author has already said that the Half Blood Prince is neither Harry nor Voldemort.’
    • ‘Neither the directors nor the viewers are concerned about the quality of the programmes.’
    • ‘Neither the donor nor the hospital had any indication that he carried a hereditary disorder.’
    • ‘Looking at the market's current valuation, it appears neither too expensive nor too cheap.’
    • ‘They still judge a person's physical appearance which is neither safe nor reliable.’
    • ‘The third condition is used in such a way that it entails neither the second condition nor the first.’
    • ‘It had neither had the space nor facilities to become a secondary school.’
    • ‘The Zoology Department where it is housed has neither money nor expertise to maintain it.’
    • ‘If this is not done, neither leopards, nor humans will have much to look forward to in the days ahead.’
    • ‘He explains that it's neither easy nor cheap to cast talented actors for just a small number of scenes.’
    • ‘On second thoughts, neither the apartment owner nor I had any reason to be unhappy.’
    • ‘This description is neither entirely accurate nor indicative of the Jewish legend.’
    1. 1.1
      ‘nor God nor demon can undo the done’
      literary term for neither
  • 2Used to introduce a further negative statement.

    ‘the struggle did not end, nor was it any less diminished’
    • ‘I have no qualms about my devotion to my work, nor have I suffered a second's guilt.’
    • ‘The indications as stated are that this is not being achieved nor indeed will it be in the medium term at any rate.’
    • ‘She did not return to her GP for a second visit, nor was she taken into hospital on October 26.’
    • ‘The irony is that Robben was not allowed to complete the match, nor even take much part in the second half.’
    • ‘Rental of ski equipment, and the lessons, were not cheap but nor were they exorbitant.’
    • ‘You cannot say that they are totally positive nor can you say that they are totally negative.’
    • ‘This is not an article to point blame at anyone, nor is this article being used to criticize my country.’
    • ‘There was no trace of cancer, nor was there any indication that she had ever had any!’
    • ‘Our friends may not be the best indicators, nor a record's position in the charts.’
    • ‘At present there is no queuing system, nor indication of the waiting time to be seen.’
    • ‘I did not threaten him or the Second Defendant nor did I become verbally abusive towards them at any time.’
    • ‘I just cannot imagine him saying anything as crass as the paper implied, nor is it likely that he would have lied about it.’
    • ‘Bermuda shorts are no longer sniggered at, nor are loud, multi-coloured shirts.’
    • ‘Just checked, and it doesn't do alternative languages, nor does it even run to subtitles.’
    • ‘There is no shortage of work for Lalonde, nor does he expect one any time soon.’
    • ‘I had no recollection of my journey to this place nor indication of the time it took to get here.’
    • ‘An art gallery is not wanted, nor is it a viable financial alternative for the council.’
    • ‘The man did not look at her, nor did he give any indication that he was even listening.’
    • ‘He did not speak, nor give any indication that he was conscious of their presence.’
    • ‘Take it from one who knows: our second First Minister was not corrupt, nor was he stupid.’
  • 3archaic, dialect [conjunction or preposition] Than.

    ‘she thinks she knows better nor me’


On the use of neither … nor, see neither


Middle English: contraction of Old English nother neither.