Definitions

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  • interj. An interjection generally used when gloating about a perceived cause of humiliation or inferiority for the person being addressed, often when disagreeing with a statement considered incorrect or irrelevant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Nearer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nearer.

Etymologies

Formed by onomatopoeia. The extended form is neener. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Man seeks to form for him­self, in what­ever man­ner is suit­able for him, a sim­pli­fied and lucid image of the world, and so to over­come the world of expe­ri­ence by striv­ing to replace it to some extent by this image.

    Escape Velocity « Snarkmarket

  • I hain't got no ill-will gin Marse Desmit, not a mite -- only 'bout dat ar lickin, an 'dat ain't nuffin now; but I ain't gwine ter war his name ner giv it ter my chillen ter mind 'em dat der daddy wuz jes anudder man's critter

    Bricks without Straw A Novel

  • Desmit, not a mite -- only 'bout dat ar lickin, an 'dat ain't nuffin now; but I ain't gwine ter war his name ner giv it ter my chillen ter mind 'em dat der daddy wuz jes anudder man's critter one time.

    Bricks Without Straw

  • Dey sed he used ter say ez how he wasn't gwine ter hev his niggers mixed up wid nobody else's namin ', an' he wouldn't no mo '' low ob one black feller callin 'ob anuder by enny nickname ner nothin' ub dat kine, on one o 'his plantations, dan he would ob his takin' a mule, nary bit.

    Bricks without Straw A Novel

  • Dey sed he used ter say ez how he wasn't gwine ter hey his niggers mixed up wid nobody else's namin ', an' he wouldn't no mo '' low ob one black feller callin 'ob anudder by enny nickname ner nothin' ub dat kine, on one o 'his plantations, dan he would ob his takin'

    Bricks Without Straw

  • They placed me in a pris'ner's dock and then commenced on me.

    Flora

  • In the Bible the word "ner" (נר) -- candle or light, embodied, of course, in the word Menorah (מנורה) -- is used metaphorically in many significant senses.

    The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915

  • Hamilton, lemme interduce you -- fren 'the family -- ole fren' the guv'ner's -- works in the yards.

    The Jungle

  • But then they won't lemme sleep there -- guv'ner's orders, by Harry -- home every night, sir!

    The Jungle

  • Guv'ner says so hisself, an 'the guv'ner knows -- the guv'ner's got a head for business, you bet!

    The Jungle

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  • Yes indeed: as in ner ner ni ner ner.

    June 23, 2011

  • Wiktionary says this is "An interjection generally used when gloating about a perceived cause of humiliation or inferiority for the person being addressed, often when disagreeing with a statement considered incorrect or irrelevant."

    June 23, 2011