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[noh-uh-kount] /ˈnoʊ əˌkaʊnt/ Informal.
worthless; good-for-nothing; trifling.
a worthless person; good-for-nothing.
Also, no-count.
Origin of no-account
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for no-account
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  • "You'd better stay over there, you no-account Lothario," Hetty growled.

    Make Mine Homogenized Rick Raphael
  • When he was a boy, he seemed to be a no-account sort of a duck, some like you.

  • Can't a low-down, no-account man like me even laugh where there's happiness?

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • It was ever so: at the moment of triumph comes the fall, and the royal Queen becomes the no-account nursery child.

    Baby Jane's Mission

    Reginald Parnell
  • But I suppose you're afraid the no-account Count won't figure his life is worth thirty thousand dollars.

    Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad

    Edith Van Dyne
  • The other two no-account chaps spotted their captain, and began to move slowly towards us.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • Of course these or'nary, no-account, range wolves reckoned my friends would wait for day before they attempted tracking.

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
  • He hasn't got religion, but keeps a trunk full of no-account gods, believed in by ignorant persons.

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
  • Badger-face drilled a look into Horace, who had put on his most no-account expression.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • But do you know, we're getting to spend lots of money for little, no-account things.

    Peggy Raymond's Way Harriet Lummis Smith
British Dictionary definitions for no-account


worthless; good-for-nothing
a worthless person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for no-account

"worthless," 1845, American English, literally "of no account" (see account (n.)). The phrase of non acompte "of no value or importance" is from late 14c. Contracted form no'count is attested from 1853.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for no-account



Worthless; untrustworthy; incorrigible: I'm a lazy no-account bum (1845+)


: A no-count that never did a right thing in his life

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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