nanu ननु

Definition: ind. (2. n/a-+ nu-) not, not at all, never ; (interr.) not? is it not? = nonne etc. etc. (hence often =) certainly, surely, indeed, no doubt (especially in questions amounting to an affirmation exempli gratia, 'for example' nanv ahaṃ te priyaḥ-,am I not your friend id est certainly I am your friend [so also na ca-,there can be no doubt ],or to a request exempli gratia, 'for example' nanu gacchāmi- bhoḥ-,surely I may go , and even as a responsive particle exempli gratia, 'for example' akārṣīḥ kaṭamnanu karomi bhoḥ-,indeed I have made it ;with another interr. or an imperative = pray, please exempli gratia, 'for example' nanu ko bhavān-,pray who are you? ; nanūcyatām-,please tell ;in argument often as an inceptive particle implying doubt or objection,"now it may be said, well, but then"etc., especially in nanv astu-,or nanu mā bhūt-tathāpi-,well, be it so or not so-nevertheless)

Dictionary: Monier-Williams
Literary Sources: RV., AV., AV., S3Br., Das3., Pa1n2. 2-3 , 11 ; 29, Ka1s3., Pa1n2. 8-1 , 43, Ka1s3., ib., Mr2icch. x , 4849, ib. 5253
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