[ noh ]
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  1. (a negative used to express dissent, denial, or refusal, as in response to a question or request)

  2. (used to emphasize or introduce a negative statement): Not a single person came to the party, no, not a one.

  1. not in any degree or manner; not at all (used with a comparative): He is no better.

  2. not a (used before an adjective to convey the opposite of the adjective's meaning): His recovery was no small miracle.

  1. not a (used before a noun to convey the opposite of the noun's meaning): She's no beginner on the ski slopes.

noun,plural noes, nos.
  1. an utterance of the word “no.”

  2. a denial or refusal: He responded with a definite no.

  1. a negative vote or voter: The noes have it.

verb (used with object)
  1. to reject, refuse approval, or express disapproval of.

verb (used without object)
  1. to express disapproval.

Idioms about no

  1. no can do, Informal. it can't be done.

Origin of no

First recorded before 900; Middle English no, na, Old English nā, equivalent to ne “not” + ā ay1

Words Nearby no

Other definitions for no (2 of 7)

[ noh ]

  1. not any: no money.

  2. not at all; far from being: He is no genius.

  1. very little; negligible: We got her to the hospital in no time.

Origin of no

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English; variant of none1

Other definitions for No (3 of 7)

[ noh ]

  1. Lake, a lake in the Sudd region of S central Sudan, formed by the floodwaters of the White Nile. About 40 sq. mi. (100 sq. km).

Other definitions for No (4 of 7)


Symbol, Chemistry.
  1. nobelium.

Other definitions for Nō (5 of 7)

or No, Noh

[ noh ]

  1. classic drama of Japan, developed chiefly in the 14th century, employing verse, prose, choral song, and dance in highly conventionalized formal and thematic patterns derived from religious sources and folk myths.

Origin of Nō

1870–75; <Japanese, earlier noũ<Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese néng ability

Other definitions for no. (6 of 7)


  1. north.

  2. northern.

  1. number.

Other definitions for N/O (7 of 7)


abbreviationBanking. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use no in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for no (1 of 9)


/ (nəʊ) /

sentence substitute
  1. used to express denial, disagreement, refusal, disapproval, disbelief, or acknowledgment of negative statements

  2. used with question intonation to query a previous negative statement, as in disbelief: Alfred isn't dead yet. No?

nounplural noes or nos
  1. an answer or vote of no

  2. (often plural) a person who votes in the negative

  1. the noes have it there is a majority of votes in the negative

  2. not take no for an answer to continue in a course of action despite refusals

Origin of no

Old English nā, from ne not, no + ā ever; see ay 1

British Dictionary definitions for no (2 of 9)


/ (nəʊ) /

  1. not any, not a, or not one: there's no money left; no card in the file

  2. not by a long way; not at all: she's no youngster

  1. (followed by comparative adjectives and adverbs) not: no fewer than forty men; no more quickly than before

  2. no go See go 1 (def. 74)

Origin of no

Old English nā, changed from nān none 1

British Dictionary definitions for no (3 of 9)


the internet domain name for
  1. Norway

British Dictionary definitions for no' (4 of 9)


/ (no, nəʊ) /

  1. Scot not

British Dictionary definitions for No (5 of 9)



/ (nəʊ) /

nounplural No or Noh
  1. the stylized classic drama of Japan, developed in the 15th century or earlier, using music, dancing, chanting, elaborate costumes, and themes from religious stories or myths

Origin of No

from Japanese talent, from Chinese neng

British Dictionary definitions for No (6 of 9)


/ (nəʊ) /

  1. Lake No a lake in South Sudan, where the Bahr el Jebel (White Nile) is joined by the Bahr el Ghazal. Area: about 103 sq km (40 sq miles)

British Dictionary definitions for No (7 of 9)


the chemical symbol for
  1. nobelium

British Dictionary definitions for n.o. (8 of 9)


/ cricket /

abbreviation for
  1. not out

British Dictionary definitions for No. (9 of 9)


abbreviation for
  1. north(ern)

  2. Also: no plural Nos or nos number

Origin of No.

from French numéro

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Scientific definitions for No


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Other Idioms and Phrases with no


In addition to the idioms beginning with no

  • no accounting for tastes, there's
  • no buts
  • no call for
  • no can do
  • nodding acquaintance
  • no dice
  • nod off
  • no doubt
  • no end
  • no flies on one
  • no fool like an old fool, there's
  • no go
  • no good
  • no great shakes
  • no hard feelings
  • no holds barred
  • no ifs or buts
  • no joke
  • no kidding
  • no longer
  • no love lost
  • no man is an island
  • no matter
  • no matter how you slice it
  • none of one's business
  • none of the above
  • none other than
  • none the wiser
  • none the worse for
  • none too
  • no news is good news
  • no offense
  • no pain, no gain
  • no picnic
  • no problem
  • nose about
  • nose in
  • nose in a book, have one's
  • nose in the air, have one's
  • nose into
  • nose out
  • nose out of joint, have one's
  • nose to the grindstone, keep one's
  • no shit
  • no sir
  • no skin off one's nose
  • no smoke without fire, there's
  • no soap
  • no sooner said than done
  • no spring chicken
  • no stomach for, have
  • no strings attached
  • no such thing
  • no sweat
  • no telling
  • no thanks to
  • no time at all
  • no time for, have
  • no time like the present, there's
  • no two ways about it
  • no use crying over spilt milk
  • no use, it's
  • no way
  • no wonder

also see:

  • all talk (and no action)
  • all work and no play
  • by no means
  • close but no cigar
  • come to an end (to no good)
  • cut no ice
  • do any (no) good
  • feel no pain
  • hell has no fury
  • hold no brief for
  • in no case
  • in no time
  • in no uncertain terms
  • leave no stone unturned
  • less than (no time)
  • long time no see
  • lose (no) time
  • make no bones about
  • make no difference
  • make no mistake
  • money is no object
  • none of one's (have no) business
  • point of no return
  • pull no punches
  • rolling stone gathers no moss
  • shadow of a doubt, no
  • take no for an answer
  • there's no telling
  • to little (no) purpose
  • to no avail
  • under any (no) circumstances
  • up to no good
  • yes and no

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