know-nothing

[ noh-nuhth-ing ]
/ ˈnoʊˌnʌθ ɪŋ /

noun

adjective

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Origin of know-nothing

First recorded in 1815–25; 1850–55 for defs. 3, 7

OTHER WORDS FROM know-nothing

know-noth·ing·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for know-nothing

know-nothing

noun

informal, derogatory an ignorant person
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