neither etymology

English word neither comes from Old English (ca. 450-1100) nawþer, English whether, English no, Old English (ca. 450-1100) nahwæþer, and later English nauther ((now, _, UK, dialectal) Neither. (obsolete) Neither.)

Detailed word origin of neither

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
nawþer Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
whether English (eng) (obsolete) Which of two. [11th-19th c.] (obsolete) Which of two. (obsolete) Introducing a direct interrogative question (often with correlative or) which indicates doubt between alternatives.. Used to introduce a disjunctive adverbial clause which qualifies the main clause of the sentence (with correlative or).. Used to introduce an indirect interrogative question that consists of multiple [...]
no English (eng) A negating expression; an answer that shows disagreement or disapproval.. A vote not in favor, or opposing a proposition. Hardly any.. Not (a); not properly, not really; not fully.. Not any possibility or allowance of (doing something).. Not any. (colloquial) As if to say, "No, don’t doubt this!", or to deny an imagined contradictory statement, used to show intense agreement. Used to show [...]
nahwæþer Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
nauther English (eng) (now, _, UK, dialectal) Neither. (obsolete) Neither.
neither English (eng) Not either one Not one of two; not either. (conjunctive) similarly not Not either (used with nor).

Words with the same origin as neither

Descendants of whether
either