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See also: -n't



Contraction of not.



  1. (dated or colloquial) not
    • 1845 March, “Editor’s Table”, in The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, volume XXV, New York, N.Y.: [] John Allen, [], page 267, columns 1–2:
      Do n’t tell me you ‘have n’t got time,’ / That other things claim your attention; / There ’s not the least reason or rhyme / In the wisest excuse you can mention: / Do n’t tell me about ‘other fish,’ / Your duty is done when you buy ’em; / And you never will relish the dish, / Unless you ’ve a woman to ‘fry ’em.’
    • 1849, Currer Bell [pseudonym; Charlotte Brontë], “Noah and Moses”, in Shirley. A Tale. [], volume I, London: Smith, Elder and Co., [], OCLC 84390265, page 196:
      Will n't ye gie us a bit o' time ?—Will n't ye consent to mak' your changes rather more slowly?
    • 1913 August, Jack London, chapter XIX, in John Barleycorn, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., OCLC 264225, page 186:
      The only reply is that we did n't. That is the irrefragable fact. We did n't.