Meaning of NO in English

I. ˈnō adverb

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English nā, from ne not + ā always; akin to Old Norse & Old High German ne not, Latin ne-, Greek nē- — more at aye

Date: before 12th century


a. chiefly Scottish : not

b. — used as a function word to express the negative of an alternative choice or possibility

shall we go out to dinner or no

2. : in no respect or degree — used in comparisons

you're no better than the rest of us

3. : not so — used to express negation, dissent, denial, or refusal

no , I'm not going

4. — used with a following adjective to imply a meaning expressed by the opposite positive statement

in no uncertain terms

5. — used as a function word to emphasize a following negative or to introduce a more emphatic, explicit, or comprehensive statement

it's big, no , it's gigantic

6. — used as an interjection to express surprise, doubt, or incredulity

7. — used in combination with a verb to form a compound adjective

no -bake pie

8. : in negation

shook his head no

II. adjective

Date: 12th century


a. : not any

no parking

no disputing the decision

b. : hardly any : very little

finished in no time

2. : not a : quite other than a

he's no expert

3. — used in combination with a noun to form a compound adjective

a no -nonsense realist

III. ˈnō noun

( plural noes or nos ˈnōz)

Date: 1588

1. : an act or instance of refusing or denying by the use of the word no : denial

received a firm no in reply


a. : a negative vote or decision

b. plural : persons voting in the negative

IV. abbreviation

1. north; northern


[Latin numero, ablative of numerus ]


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