- anything that is forbidden or not advisable, as because of being improper or unsafe: If you want to lose weight, rich desserts are a no-no.
Origin of no-no
1940–45, Americanism; reduplication of no1
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Word Origin and History for no-nos
1942, from reduplication of no.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper