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[noh-hou] /ˈnoʊˌhaʊ/
adverb, Nonstandard.
under no circumstances; in no way (usually preceded by another negative):
I can't learn this nohow.
Origin of nohow
First recorded in 1765-75; no2 + how1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Long's the law won't help us—and the law never gave no action in the West nohow—I'm goin' to help myself.

    Desert Conquest A. M. Chisholm
  • But, Hagar, ye can't do nuffin but jes' trust de Lord, nohow.

    Culm Rock Glance Gaylord
  • "They couldn't hev noticed the clash of them jimmyjohns, nohow," declared the negligent Watt, nonchalantly.

    His Unquiet Ghost Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • Your petticoats are nohow; and you seem to have only one leg, and it is so long and thin!

    The Beth Book Sarah Grand
  • I couldn't marry, nohow, for I've got a wife and four children.

    Jack's Ward Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • "Well, I hate a quitter; but I can't do nothing, nohow," mused the 4X foreman.

    Bar-20 Days Clarence E. Mulford
  • Father, he wouldn't touch silver, nohow, but he made more'n the miners did by pannin' the dirt the mines were throwin' away.

    The Boy With the U.S. Miners Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Fries nuvver was no good for nobody 35 at the gawky age, nohow.

    The Annals of Ann Kate Trimble Sharber
  • I sho'ly will, honey; but I reckon ma 'pinion ain't wuf much, nohow.

    Mary's Rainbow Mary Edward Feehan
  • He wuz too proud to bring her up, 'cause nothin' would suit her, nohow.

British Dictionary definitions for nohow


(not standard) (in negative constructions)
  1. under any conditions
  2. in any manner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nohow

"not at all," 1775, American English, from no + how, on model of nowhere.

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



In no way; under no circumstances: We tried, but couldn't manage to score nohow (1775+)

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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