Meaning of NO in English

I. ˈnō; when expressing disgust, impatience, or strong disagreement ˈnȯ, ˈnä, ˈnȧ, ( especially when reduplicated ) ˈnə, ˈʔmʔm, ˈʔəʔə, or ˈʔäⁿˌ ʔäⁿ adverb

Etymology: Middle English no, na, from Old English nō, nā, from ne not, no + ā, ō ever, always; akin to Old Saxon & Old High German ni, ne not, Old Norse ne, nē, Gothic ni, Old Irish ni, nī, Latin ne- not (negative prefix), nē not, Greek nē-, Sanskrit na, nā, Old Slavic ne — more at aye (ever)


a. chiefly Scotland : not

have walked forty miles and yet am no wearied — Hugh Mitchell

and he's no rightly young either — John Buchan

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

whether he was satisfied or no — H.J.Laski

shall we write a letter or no — J.H.Robinson †1936

2. : in no respect or degree : not at all — used in comparisons

regard criticism … as no better than blasphemy — Elmer Davis

is no more serious than the rest of them

your experience was no different from mine

3. : not so — used to express negation, dissent, denial, or refusal in answer to a question or request

are you going? No, I am not going

no , you can't have any more candy

or to introduce a statement correcting or contradicting a preceding statement

no , that's not the way the accident happened

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

express his opinions in no uncertain terms — B.W.Bond

a teacher of no mean ability — L.W.Fox

an item of no small importance — B.H.Hibbard

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

none is righteous, no , not one — Rom 3:10 (Revised Standard Version)

had the ambition, no , the conviction, that he would … be a great singer — Hans Herbert

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

no , that's impossible

no , you couldn't have been the one responsible

II. ˈnō adjective

Etymology: Middle English no, non, na, nan, from Old English nān — more at none


a. : not any

let there be no strife between you and me — Gen 13:8 (Revised Standard Version)

and no birds sing — John Keats

with no dancing in the streets or ritual bonfires — Mollie Panter-Downes

wanted no part of army routine — Georg Meyers

show little or no concern for the … rest of the population — Vera M. Dean

no two of the rugged, scarecrow figures were dressed alike — F.V.W.Mason

b. : hardly any : very little

in no time other families followed — John Mason Brown

it's no distance from the house to the store

2. : not a : quite other than a : far from being a — usually used to modify a predicate noun

whether this is true … I don't know; I'm no anatomist — Deems Taylor

that goodness is no name and happiness no dream — Lord Byron

this was no Bohemia, but a workshop in the woods — American Guide Series: New Hampshire

it was no job to pull the elk cows out of the water — F.B.Gipson

3. : not any possible — used to modify a gerund that follows a finite form of the verb to be

there's no speaking a word but you fly into a passion — Fanny Burney

there's no accounting for tastes

4. : that is absent, lacking, or nonexistent

frankly confide to yourself these opinions or rather no opinions of mine — Thomas Jefferson

— usually used in combination

thoroughly frightened with certain no -persons called ghosts — Henry Fielding

a dog such as I have described, whatever be this breed or his no -breed — William Carnegie

- no dice

III. noun

( plural noes or nos )

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

my wooing mind shall be expressed in russet yeas and honest kersey noes — Shakespeare

the Everlasting No — Thomas Carlyle


a. : a negative vote or decision

110 ayes were cast and only 16 noes

b. noes or nos plural : persons voting in the negative

the chairman asked the noes to raise their right hands

IV. noun

or noh “

( plural no or noh )

Usage: often capitalized

Etymology: Japanese nō, literally, talent, ability

: classic Japanese dance-drama that is heroic in subject and in the use of measured chants and movements — called also nogaku

V. abbreviation

1. north

2. nose


[Latin numero, abl. of numerus ]


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