from The Century Dictionary.

  • To name; call; tell; say.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To name; to mention; to utter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb obsolete, transitive To give as a name to; name; call (someone something).
  • verb obsolete, transitive To appoint; nominate.
  • verb obsolete, transitive To mention; speak of; give an account of; tell.
  • verb transitive To utter; mention the name of.
  • verb UK, dialectal, Scotland, intransitive To tell or make mention of (a person or thing); specify; designate.
  • verb obsolete, intransitive To say; speak.


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From Middle English nevenen, nevnen, nemmen, nempnen, nemnen, from Old English nemnan, nemnian ("to name, call, give a name to a person or thing; use such and such a name or title in speaking of a person or thing; enumerate; address, speak to; nominate; call upon the name of, address by name, invoke; mention by name, mention, relate") and Old Norse nefna ("to name, call"); both from Proto-Germanic *namnijanan (“to name”). More at name.


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  • As of this date every single usage example for this word is an instance of a misspelling of either “never” or “even.” No examples of the use of “neven” are provided.

    April 8, 2015

  • And when that Pandare heard her name neven,

    Lord! he was glad, and saide: “Friend so dear,

    Now fare aright, for Jove’s name in heaven,

    Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde: Book I

    April 8, 2015