adverb Informal.

Origin of nope

1885–90, Americanism; variant of no1; cf. yup Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for nope

nay, negative, nix, never

Examples from the Web for nope

Contemporary Examples of nope

Historical Examples of nope

  • Nope,” replied the other, settling himself on a saddle-tree.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Nope, Zenobia wouldn't; anyway, not until she had more facts to go on.


    Sewell Ford

  • "Nope, I didn't fight with 'im, Andy," she smiled through her tears.

  • Nope—not that way,” he muttered grimly, “but with my two hands.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild

  • Nope, I was too anxious—hurried too much on the settings of the slow verniers.

    Skylark Three

    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for nope


sentence substitute

an informal word for no 1

Word Origin for nope

C19: originally US, a variant of no 1
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Word Origin and History for nope

1888, emphatic form of no, with emphasis on the closing of the lips.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper