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no-show

[ noh-shoh ]
/ ˈnoʊˌʃoʊ /
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noun

a person who makes a reservation and neither uses nor cancels it.
a person who purchases an admission ticket and doesn't use it.
any absentee.

adjective

not appearing as scheduled or expected.

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Nearby words

no-par, no-parking, no-place, no-return, no-see-um, no-show, no-side, no-smoking, no-stick, no-strike, no-strings

Origin of no-show

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; no2 + show
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British Dictionary definitions for no-show

no-show


noun

a person who fails to take up a reserved seat, place, etc, without having cancelled it
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-show

no-show


n.

also no show, "someone who fails to keep an appointment," 1941, from no + show (v.), in the "show up, appear" sense. Originally airline jargon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper