[noh-hwairz, -wairz]

adverb Nonstandard.

Origin of nowheres

see origin at nowhere, -s1


[noh-hwair, -wair]


in or at no place; not anywhere: The missing pen was nowhere to be found.
to no place: We went nowhere last weekend.


the state of nonexistence or seeming nonexistence: A gang of thieves appeared from nowhere.
anonymity or obscurity: She came from nowhere to win the championship.
an unknown, remote, or nonexistent place or region.

adjective Informal.

being or leading nowhere; pointless; futile: to be stuck in a nowhere job.
worthless or useless: That's a nowhere idea if I ever heard one.


    miles from nowhere, in a remote, isolated, or inaccessible area.
    nowhere near, not nearly: There's nowhere near enough food to go around.

Origin of nowhere

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

Usage note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nowheres

Historical Examples of nowheres

  • I might have 'em around my grave in the buryin' ground,' I says, 'but nowheres else.'

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Not with them poor babies in there hungrier'n you be an' nowheres to go.'

  • Hell meet me nowheres cept in the court-room down to Sconset!


    George Allan England

  • Quinn—We've tried that for seven weeks, and it's taken us nowheres.

    Six One-Act Plays

    Margaret Scott Oliver

  • They're mostly Montanna raised, and they haven't been nowheres.

    From Sea to Sea

    Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for nowheres



in, at, or to no place; not anywhere
get nowhere or get nowhere fast informal to fail completely to make any progress
nowhere near far from; not nearly


a nonexistent or insignificant place
middle of nowhere a completely isolated, featureless, or insignificant place
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 nowheres



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with nowheres


In addition to the idiom beginning with nowhere

  • nowhere near

also see:

  • get nowhere
  • in the middle (of nowhere)
  • out of nowhere
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.