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(dialect) nothing but; only
Word Origin
C14: from no² + but1
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  • Deary me, but ye've gat all sorts of sons though you've nobbut two.

  • And as for the touch of damp, 'tis nobbut the pride o' the mornin'.

    Shining Ferry

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Locker said I was a "good un," and I might "win £100 if I'd nobbut stick tu him."

  • If we'd nobbut his bit of a dog, who'd find him, sure enough.

    Wenderholme Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  • Varry few things'll suit me, for we're nobbut gooin for a day or two.

    Seets I' Paris John Hartley
  • We're friends, I hope, and I were nobbut meditating like a friend.

    Hobson's Choice Harold Brighouse
  • The poor lads inside had nobbut a little water to drink and nowt to eat.

    A Safety Match

    Ian Hay
  • nobbut a farmer am I, in little business; but concerning of my children I will have my say.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • A common saying of his was, that he "was nobbut a thūrteen steàn man."

    Wrestling and Wrestlers: Jacob Robinson
  • If shoo could nobbut get me aat o' th' gate, shoo'd be all reight.

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