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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for nohow
Historical Examples
  • But, Hagar, ye can't do nuffin but jes' trust de Lord, nohow.

    Culm Rock Glance Gaylord
  • "Well, she didn't seem to want to take it nohow at first," said the boy.

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
  • And so I said to my lady; but she wouldn't have you woke, nohow.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • Bab was a brave child, but she did feel a little shaky and nohow just then.

  • Your petticoats are nohow; and you seem to have only one leg, and it is so long and thin!

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
  • But she was jittery as an old hen and it weren't like her nohow.

    Year of the Big Thaw Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • I 'll be back in little or no time, because I can't stay, nohow.

    The Uncalled

    Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • He never could talk of her nohow 'thout he'd jes' cry an' cry, like a young feller.'

    Lincoln's Yarns and Stories Alexander K. McClure
  • He wuz too proud to bring her up,'cause nothin' would suit her, nohow.

    Lincoln's Yarns and Stories Alexander K. McClure
  • "Well, I hate a quitter; but I can't do nothing, nohow," mused the 4X foreman.

    Bar-20 Days Clarence E. Mulford
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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