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Origin of know-nothing
OTHER WORDS FROM know-nothingknow-noth·ing·ism, noun
Words nearby know-nothing
Example sentences from the Web for know-nothings
Instead, the Know-Nothings were briefly a force to be reckoned with.A Brief History of Wingnuts in America; From George Washington to Woodstock|John Avlon|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But what to do about the determination of Tea Party know-nothings and those who think just like them?
They were also called the Know-Nothings, that's what they always said.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
Mr. Toombs plunged at once into the canvass and proceeded, in his own vigorous way, to fight the Know-nothings.Robert Toombs|Pleasant A. Stovall
The campaign was a crucial one, and the Know-Nothings never recovered from their defeat.Stephen Arnold Douglas|William Garrott Brown
My old mate was substantially a man of truth; but he did love to astonish "know-nothings."Miles Wallingford|James Fenimore Cooper
The Know-nothings arose and disappeared, without accomplishing anything.Children of the Market Place|Edgar Lee Masters
British Dictionary definitions for know-nothings
Cultural definitions for know-nothings
A party opposed to the holding of public office by immigrants or Roman Catholics. The Know-Nothings, also known as “nativists,” insisted that only true, “native” Americans should serve in the government. The party was quite successful in the 1850s but split over the slavery question. Its official name was the American party. It picked up the “Know-Nothing” tag because its members, maintaining secrecy about the party's activities, customarily answered questions with, “I know nothing.”