[ noh-hwair, -wair ]
See synonyms for nowhere on
  1. in or at no place; not anywhere: The missing pen was nowhere to be found.

  2. to no place: We went nowhere last weekend.

  1. the state of nonexistence or seeming nonexistence: A gang of thieves appeared from nowhere.

  2. anonymity or obscurity: She came from nowhere to win the championship.

  1. an unknown, remote, or nonexistent place or region.

  1. being or leading nowhere; pointless; futile: to be stuck in a nowhere job.

  2. worthless or useless: That's a nowhere idea if I ever heard one.

Idioms about nowhere

  1. miles from nowhere, in a remote, isolated, or inaccessible area.

  2. nowhere near, not nearly: There's nowhere near enough food to go around.

Origin of nowhere

before 1000; Middle English (adv.); Old English nāhwǣr, nōhwǣr.See no1, where

usage note For nowhere

See anyplace.

Words Nearby nowhere Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use nowhere in a sentence

  • nowhere can be found a region capable of supporting a larger population to the square mile than Lombardy.

    Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
  • But Perpignan being at the end of everywhere and leading nowhere attracts very few visitors.

  • Judge then of my surprise when I rode up out of the water-washed gully and found them nowhere in sight.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Although the number of slaves in the Brazils is very great, there is nowhere such a thing as a slave-market.

  • The puffs can be clearly heard with a stethoscope over the region of the stomach, and nowhere else.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd

British Dictionary definitions for nowhere


/ (ˈnəʊˌwɛə) /

  1. in, at, or to no place; not anywhere

  2. get nowhere or get nowhere fast informal to fail completely to make any progress

  1. nowhere near far from; not nearly

  1. a nonexistent or insignificant place

  2. middle of nowhere a completely isolated, featureless, or insignificant place

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with nowhere


In addition to the idiom beginning with nowhere

  • nowhere near

also see:

  • get nowhere
  • in the middle (of nowhere)
  • out of nowhere

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