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no-no

[noh-noh]
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noun, plural no-nos, no-no's. Informal.
  1. 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.
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Origin of no-no

1940–45, Americanism; reduplication of no1
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Examples from the Web for nono

Historical Examples

  • "He's bitterly hurt this time, Nono," said her aunt, gently.

    The Beloved Woman

    Kathleen Norris

  • Nono, I cantnot now; perhaps in a few months time, but not now.

  • Nono; he considers that mystery adds to his strong hold upon me.

    Married Life

    John Baldwin Buckstone

  • You could hug Nono and tell her secrets and what you wanted for luncheon.

    Mr. Achilles

    Jennette Lee

  • (118b, 1), but with the alteration: Nono anno ab inceptione religionis.


British Dictionary definitions for nono

Nono

noun
  1. Luigi (luˈiːdʒi). 1924–90, Italian composer of 12-tone music
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Word Origin and History for nono

no-no

n.

1942, from reduplication of no.

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