Meaning of NO in English

no 1

/noh/ , adv., adj., n., pl. noes, nos , v.


1. (a negative used to express dissent, denial, or refusal, as in response to a question or request)

2. (used to emphasize or introduce a negative statement): Not a single person came to the party, no, not a one.

3. not in any degree or manner; not at all (used with a comparative): He is no better.

4. not a (used before an adjective to convey the opposite of the adjective's meaning): His recovery was no small miracle.


5. not a (used before a noun to convey the opposite of the noun's meaning): She's no beginner on the ski slopes.


6. an utterance of the word "no."

7. a denial or refusal: He responded with a definite no.

8. a negative vote or voter: The noes have it.

9. no can do , Informal. it can't be done.


10. to reject, refuse approval, or express disapproval of.


11. to express disapproval.

[ bef. 900; ME; OE na, equiv. to ne not + a ever (see AY 1 ) ]

no 2

/noh/ , adj.

1. not any: no money.

2. not at all; far from being: He is no genius.

3. very little; negligible: We got her to the hospital in no time.

[ 1150-1200; ME; var. of NONE 1 ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .