The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Never \Nev"er\ (n[e^]v"[~e]r), adv. [AS. n[=ae]fre; ne not, no +
1. Not ever; not at any time; at no time, whether past,
present, or future. --Shak.
Death still draws nearer, never seeming near.
2. In no degree; not in the least; not.
Whosoever has a friend to guide him, may carry his
eyes in another man's head, and yet see never the
And he answered him to never a word. --Matt. xxvii.
Note: Never is much used in composition with present
participles to form adjectives, as in never-ceasing,
never-dying, never-ending, never-fading, never-failing,
etc., retaining its usual signification.
Never a deal, not a bit. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Never so, as never before; more than at any other time, or
in any other circumstances; especially; particularly; --
now often expressed or replaced by ever so.
Ask me never so much dower and gift. --Gen. xxxiv.
A fear of battery, . . . though never so well
grounded, is no duress. --Blackstone.