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  1. worthless; good-for-nothing; trifling.
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  1. a worthless person; good-for-nothing.
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Also no-count.

Origin of no-account

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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Historical Examples

  • "You'd better stay over there, you no-account Lothario," Hetty growled.

    Make Mine Homogenized

    Rick Raphael

  • When he was a boy, he seemed to be a no-account sort of a duck, some like you.

  • Can't a low-down, no-account man like me even laugh where there's happiness?

    The Long Chance

    Peter B. Kyne

  • It was ever so: at the moment of triumph comes the fall, and the royal Queen becomes the no-account nursery child.

    Baby Jane's Mission

    Reginald Parnell

  • But I suppose you're afraid the no-account Count won't figure his life is worth thirty thousand dollars.

British Dictionary definitions for no-account


  1. worthless; good-for-nothing
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  1. a worthless person
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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

Word Origin and History for no-account


"worthless," 1845, American English, literally "of no account" (see account (n.)). The phrase of non acompte "of no value or importance" is from late 14c. Contracted form no'count is attested from 1853.

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