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[nah-duh] /ˈnɑ də/
noun, Informal.
nothing; zero; none:
I have absolutely no motivation—zilch, zip, nada!
Origin of nada
From Spanish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In their passage up to the shrine, the cry of “nada, nada” is varied by unmeasured abuse of the goddess.

  • And then, still with that strange, gray look in his face, he turned to nada.

    The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
  • Just as nada had given up in weakness and despair, so now he was almost ready to quit.

    The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
  • "Jed Hawkins didn't do it," said nada, knowing what was in his mind.

    The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
  • Eric helped nada to a place on the crystal, lay down at her side.

    The Cosmic Express John Stewart Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for nada


(mainly US, informal) nothing
Word Origin
C20: Spanish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nada

"nothing," 1933, slang, introduced by Hemingway, from Spanish nada "nothing," from Latin (res) nata "small, insignificant thing," literally "(thing) born" (see natal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nada



Nothing: it's free, zip, zero, nada

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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