or no mas [noh mahs]
What does no más mean?
The expression no más in Spanish means "no more." Its specific sense can vary depending on context, however, which means it can also translate to "enough," "no longer," or "just."
Examples of no más
Where does no más come from?
No means “no” in Spanish and English. Don’t you feel smarter already?
Más is Spanish for “more,” ultimately from the Latin magnus, or “great.” Think magnitude.
Together, then, no más means “no more”, as in no más tacos, por favor.
It’s not always accurate, though, to translate expressions word for word. In some contexts, no más can mean something like “no longer” or “there isn’t any (of something).”
In other contexts, no más can mean “enough.” One famous example is the so-called No Más Fight between legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and Chilean boxer Roberto “El Cholo” Durán at the New Orleans Superdome in 1980. At the end of the eighth round, Durán turned toward the referee and quit the match by pleading “No más,” or “That’s enough.”
Who uses no más?
The expression no más is very widely used in the Spanish-speaking world for “no more” or “enough.”
I still would love to have been in the room when the DNC told Hillary “no más” for 2020.
— Ted Underhill (@whostheboff) October 14, 2018
No más is common enough that even some English speakers who only know a few phrases of Spanish use it, although they are likely to drop the accent marker from the A (más) when they write it.
No más is also such a handy phrase that bilingual speakers use it when code-switching between English and Spanish.
Life is Trippy. No more trippen. No mas. #DontTrip
— Jasmin Gudino (@GudinoJasmin) October 14, 2018
In some places, such as Ecuador and Mexico, no más can mean something close to “just,” as in Just go serve yourself (Sírvase no más). This use of no más is very friendly and informal.
The related expression no puedo más is basically the Spanish-language version of “I can’t even.”
This is not meant to be a formal definition of no más like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of no más that will help our users expand their word mastery.