Definition of any adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈeni//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeni//
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  1. 1  used to emphasize an adjective or adverb in negative sentences or questions, meaning ‘at all’ He wasn't any good at French. I can't run any faster. Is your father feeling any better? I don't want any more. If you don't tell them, nobody will be any the wiser (= they will not find out about it).
  2. 2(North American English, informal) used at the end of a negative sentence to mean ‘at all’ That won't hurt you any.
  3. Word OriginOld English ǣnig (from one + -y), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch eenig and German einig.
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