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[noh-hwair, -wair]
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  1. in or at no place; not anywhere: The missing pen was nowhere to be found.
  2. to no place: We went nowhere last weekend.
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  1. the state of nonexistence or seeming nonexistence: A gang of thieves appeared from nowhere.
  2. anonymity or obscurity: She came from nowhere to win the championship.
  3. an unknown, remote, or nonexistent place or region.
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adjective Informal.
  1. being or leading nowhere; pointless; futile: to be stuck in a nowhere job.
  2. worthless or useless: That's a nowhere idea if I ever heard one.
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  1. miles from nowhere, in a remote, isolated, or inaccessible area.
  2. nowhere near, not nearly: There's nowhere near enough food to go around.
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Origin of nowhere

before 1000; Middle English (adv.); Old English nāhwǣr, nōhwǣr. See no1, where

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Related Words for nowhere

ordinary, regular, moderate, mediocre, mundane, humdrum, drab, banal, everyday, workaday, hackneyed, vapid, stupid, dumb, corny, trite, bland, distasteful, uninspired, dull

Examples from the Web for nowhere

Contemporary Examples of nowhere

Historical Examples of nowhere

  • Human freedom is on the march, and nowhere more so than our own hemisphere.

  • In Mark's room she would at times be her old self again, but nowhere else.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • He had nothing with which to pay rent; he had nowhere to move.

  • "Nowhere on earth, Esther," replied David, unknowing why he said so.

    An Old Woman's Tale

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • It was the fact that there was nowhere a touch to suggest preparation for her home-coming.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

British Dictionary definitions for nowhere


  1. in, at, or to no place; not anywhere
  2. get nowhere or get nowhere fast informal to fail completely to make any progress
  3. nowhere near far from; not nearly
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  1. a nonexistent or insignificant place
  2. middle of nowhere a completely isolated, featureless, or insignificant place
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Word Origin and History for nowhere


Old English nahwær "nowhere, not at all;" see no + where. Similar constructions were attempted with nowhat (1520s) and nowhen (1764), but they failed to take hold and remain nonce words.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with nowhere


In addition to the idiom beginning with nowhere

  • nowhere near

also see:

  • get nowhere
  • in the middle (of nowhere)
  • out of nowhere
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