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nanometer; nanometers.
nautical mile.

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Definition for nm (2 of 3)

NM

abbreviation

New Mexico (approved especially for use with zip code).
Grammar. noun modifier.

Definition for nm (3 of 3)

N.M.

or N. Mex.


abbreviation

New Mexico.
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What else does nm mean?

Nm is internet slang for not much or nevermind.

Where does nm come from?

Like many internet slang abbreviations, it’s hard to identify the exact origin of nm, though it likely originates and spreads with acronyms like LOL (laughing out loud) and BRB (be right back) in the 1990–2000s.

Nm was defined as “not much” on Urban Dictionary in 2003 and appeared in Ryan Jones’s 2006 Internet Slang Dictionary.

For those sending letters, NM is also the two letter abbreviation and postal code for the U.S. state of New Mexico.

How is nm used in real life?

Nm, for “not much,” is usually written in the lowercase nm and is used in response to greetings like “What’s up?” or “What are you up to?” in texts or social media.

NM, also as nm, can be short for nevermind online, too.

Also expect to see NM for all things New Mexico.

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This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.

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British Dictionary definitions for nm (1 of 2)

nm

abbreviation for

nautical mile
nanometre

British Dictionary definitions for nm (2 of 2)

NM

N. Mex.


abbreviation for

New Mexico
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Medical definitions for nm

nm

abbr.

nanometer
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