from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Other. Usually used in the phrase a whole nother, as in the sentence That's a whole nother story.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • pro. Neither.
  • adj. Neither.
  • adv. Nor.
  • pro. Another.
  • adj. Different, other. (Now usually in a whole nother)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Other; -- variant spelling used mostly in the phrase a whole nother (i. e., a completely different), as though formed by splitting the word “another”.
  • conj. Neither; nor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as neither.


From alteration of another (interpreted as a nother).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English nōhwæþer. Compare neither, nauther. (Wiktionary)
Variant of other, showing metanalysis. (Wiktionary)



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  • Oh, that's good! Perhaps I should reconsider all of my cranky judgements.

    June 14, 2007

  • According to, it's a parallel symbolic mathematics system. But I doubt they know that. ;-)

    June 14, 2007

  • Yes it sounds like "a nother," but when one hears oneself referring to this thing called a "nother," what does the person believe a "nother" to be?

    June 14, 2007

  • True, of course, though one could argue that another is pronounced more like a nother than an other, due to the emphasis on the second syllable instead of the first. Doesn't make it right, but I can see where the mistake comes from.

    June 14, 2007

  • Funny usage out of the mouth of a babe (years ago--he will be married in a week) He nearly fell from a slide. After she caught him his mother said "Oh, Worth, you lost your balance." He pondered that for a day, then sidled up to his uncle and announced glumly "I have no balance. I lost my balance."

    June 14, 2007

  • Much like kids who say they are "being hayve." :-)

    June 14, 2007

  • "That's a whole nother story."
    A corruption of the word another, where a is an article and nother has been divorced from it to become an adjective. Separate the two with a modifier and the deconstruction is complete.

    June 14, 2007

  • It may be metanalysis but it still gives me the heebie jeebies

    June 14, 2007