Antonyms for n

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : en
Phonetic Transcription : ɛn

Definition of n

Origin :
  • in nickname, newt, and British dialectal naunt, the -n- belongs to a preceding indefinite article an or possessive pronoun mine.
  • Other examples of this from Middle English manuscripts include a neilond ("an island," early 13c.), a narawe ("an arrow," c.1400), a nox ("an ox," c.1400), a noke ("an oak," early 15c.), a nappyle ("an apple," early 15c.), a negge ("an egg," 15c.). In 16c., an idiot sometimes became a nidiot, which, with still-common casual pronunciation, became nidget, which, alas, has not survived.
  • The process also worked in surnames, from oblique cases of Old English at "by, near," e.g. Nock/Nokes/Noaks from atten Oke "by the oak;" Nye from atten ye "near the lowland;" and cf. Nashville.
  • But it is more common for an English word to lose an -n- to a preceding a: apron, auger, adder, umpire, humble pie, etc. The mathematical use of n for "an indefinite number" is first recorded 1852, in to the nth power.
  • As in amoeba : noun protozoa
  • As in repine : verb complai
Example sentences :
  • Now, I want you should listen 'cause I'm going to tell you jes' how it is n' then you'll understand.
  • Extract from : « Pee-wee Harris » by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • D--n the rogues; I thought at one time they had me in a category!
  • Extract from : « Homeward Bound » by James Fenimore Cooper
  • If it had n' been for me, she would n' have had any sohn 't all.
  • Extract from : « The Dominant Strain » by Anna Chapin Ray
  • They were having har' times to get on, an' Arlt here could n' begin to carry the load.
  • Extract from : « The Dominant Strain » by Anna Chapin Ray
  • "D——n you," croaked McGuire feebly, falling back in his chair.
  • Extract from : « The Vagrant Duke » by George Gibbs
  • I hope he did n't say 'D—n the Baggs;' but I almost fear he did.
  • Extract from : « Tales Of The Trains » by Charles James Lever
  • From 80 to 99 the t of vingt is everywhere mute, and the n is sounded nasal.
  • Extract from : « The Aural System » by Anonymous
  • He seemed to have been trying to carve his name; for a large E and half of an N were there.
  • Extract from : « Left at Home » by Mary L. Code
  • The north (N) and the south (S) poles are indicated in the diagram.
  • Extract from : « Electricity for Boys » by J. S. Zerbe
  • Or the N sign is positive and the S sign negative electricity.
  • Extract from : « Electricity for Boys » by J. S. Zerbe

Synonyms for n

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