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an·y / ˈenē/ • adj. & pron. 1. used to refer to one or some of a thing or number of things, no matter how much or many: [as adj.] I don't have any choice | [as pron.] someone asked him for a match, but Joe didn't have any. ∎  [as pron.] anyone: it ceased payments to any but the elderly. 2. whichever of a specified class might be chosen: [as adj.] visible at any hour of the night [as pron.] the illness may be due to any of several causes. • adv. (used for emphasis) at all; in some degree: he wasn't any good at basketball. ∎ inf. used alone, not qualifying another word: I didn't hurt you any. PHRASES: any amount ofsee amount. any oldsee old. any time (also anytime) 1. at whatever time: she can come any time. 2. without exception or doubt: I can handle a shrimp like him anytime. any time (or day or minute, etc.) now inf. very soon: we'll get them back any day now. hardly anysee hardly.

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any OE. ǣniġ = OS. ēnig (Du. eenig), OHG. einag (G. einig), ON. einigr, Goth. ainah- :- Gmc. *ainiʒaʒ, -aʒaʒ, f. *ain- ONE + *-iz- -Y1; cf. L. ūnicus UNIQUE. In ME. two types were current, ani and eni; the present sp. continues the first, the pronunc. the second. anybody XIII, anyhow XVIII, anything OE., anywhere XIV.

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anyAnnie, ca'canny, canny, cranny, Danny, fanny, granny, nanny, tranny •Ariadne, Evadne •daphne •Agni, Cagney •acne, Arachne, hackney •hootenanny •Afghani, ani, Armani, Azerbaijani, Barney, biriani, blarney, Carney, frangipani, Fulani, Galvani, Giovanni, Hindustani, Killarney, maharani, Mbabane, Modigliani, Omani, Pakistani, Rafsanjani, Rajasthani, rani, sarnie •McCartney •antennae, any, Benny, blenny, Dene, fenny, jenny, Kenny, Kilkenny, Lenny, many, penne, penny, Rennie •catchpenny • pinchpenny •pyrotechny •Bahraini, brainy, Chaney, Eugénie, grainy, Janey, Khomeini, rainy, veiny, waney, zany •halfpenny, shove-halfpenny, twopenny-halfpenny •Athene, bambini, beanie, Bellini, Bernini, bikini, Boccherini, Borromini, capellini, catenae, Cellini, Cherubini, Cyrene, Fellini, fettuccine, genie, greeny, grissini, Heaney, Houdini, Jeanie, linguine, martini, Mazzini, meanie, Mussolini, Mycenae, Paganini, Panini, porcini, Puccini, queenie, Rossellini, Rossini, Santoríni, Selene, sheeny, spaghettini, Sweeney, teeny, teeny-weeny, tortellini, Toscanini, Trini, tweeny, wahine, weeny, zucchini •monokini

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