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Colourful extracts from Wiktionary. Slang, vulgarities, profanities, slurs, interjections, colloquialisms and more.


nigger nose
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, ethnic slur, idiomatic) An insult, a term of contempt.
niggerology etymology nigger + -ology
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pseudoscience, offensive) The study of nigger, especially when isolated as problem group by stakeholder
    • 2002, Bruce D. Rain, A Hideous Monster, page 236 Reconsider the comments to Hammond that Nott's ethnological work was “niggerology
    • 2011, Carla L. Peterson, Black Gotham, page 188 Then, when they began to fancy themselves men of science and sought to endow their work with gravitas, they coined the term “niggerology.”
nigger rich Alternative forms: nigger-rich
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, offensive, of a person) Living ostentatiously; spending money recklessly, especially a limited supply of money.
    • 2004, Red Jordan Arobateau, The Rich/The Poor in Spirit, ISBN 9781411619173, p. 177: The hos were young, nigger-rich and sassy. On a good night these girls age 16 to 23 could earn $80 minimum.
    • 2005, , Double Play, ISBN 9780425199633, p. 35: People who spent money foolishly on ostentation were nigger rich.
    • 2007, Johnny Wright, The Lost Chagall, ISBN 9781434327567, pp. 186-187 "What is this ‘nigger rich’ you speak of?" Grandmother Nina asked, interrupting Walter's saga. . . . "Well, ‘Nigger rich’ is an expression in America, especially the southeast, which loosely translated means: When a man who has an abundance of money, who has never had that much money, he usually goes out and spends it foolishly. It was attributed to blacks in America, because often, when they acquire a windfall of money, they seem to go out and purchase big cars, usually a Cadillac."
    • 2009, and Jon Jeter, A Day Late and a Dollar Short: High hopes and deferred dreams in Obama's "postracial" America, online edition: Bernie Mac: Yeah, but she think we're old country club rich—Shoot, we just nigger rich. — SCENE FROM THE THE BERNIE MAC SHOW
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (offensive) synonym of jury-rig create a makeshift, ad hoc solution from resources at hand.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of nigger-rig
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chiefly, Southern US, offensive) Jury-rigged.
    • 1998, David K. Shipler, A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America, page 279 In Louisiana and elsewhere, some folks still use the term “nigger-rigged” as a substitute for “jury-rigged,” meaning makeshift, put together or repaired sloppily and hastily and, hopefully, temporarily,
niggers in the woodpile
noun: {{head}}
  1. (offensive, pejorative) plural of nigger in the woodpile
niggerspeak etymology nigger + speak
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) Any dialect spoken by black people.
Synonyms: niggerbabble (derogatory), niggerese (derogatory)
nigger toe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, offensive) A brazil nut.
Niggertown etymology nigger + town
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (US, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) An area mainly populated by black people.
Niggerville etymology nigger + ville
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (US, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) An area mainly populated by black people.
niggerwhine etymology nigger + whine
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) Complaints made by black people.
niggery etymology nigger + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (derogatory, ethnic slur, offensive) Of or like a nigger.
    • 1936, Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind She remembered the hot sun, the soft red earth under her sick head, the niggery smell of the cabin behind the ruins of Twelve Oaks, remembered the refrain her heart had beaten …
    • 2004, Aidan Higgins, A Bestiality, page 499 … hearing only voodoo incantations and wicked spells and niggery maledictions and sorcery thrown his way.
    • 2009, Smith, Mark M, How Race Is Made: Slavery, Segregation, and the Senses, page 138 I was at the age when girls love flashy stuff, but Gran called that 'niggery.'” Reba knew “niggery” when she saw it and so altered her own presentation of self.
niggler etymology niggle + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) One who niggle; a constant critic.
niggy etymology nigger + y; compare nig.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive, ethnic slur) nigger (black person)
    • 1928, Newman Ivey White, American Negro Folk-Songs (page 443) Joe cotton, dig corn, / Den we feed de niggies, / An oh, lord Moses, / What a liscious time for niggas.
    • 1994, SPIN (volume 10, number 3, page 96) Such songs as "What a Niggy Know" and "Black Bastards and Bitches" gather force as they go along, making subtle and sometimes funny comments on everyday stuff …
    • 1976, New York Magazine (volume 9, number 47, page 102) "Whites don't like us because they think we're niggies. And blacks don't like us because they think we're whiteys. We don't fit anywhere. That's why we've gone off alone, created a totally separate thing."
night {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: nite (informal) etymology From Middle English night, nyght, niȝt, naht, from Old English niht, neht, nyht, neaht, næht, from Proto-Germanic *nahts, from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts. Cognate with Scots nicht, neicht, Western Frisian nacht, Dutch nacht, Low German Nacht, German Nacht, Danish nat, Swedish natt, Icelandic nótt, Latin nox, Greek νύχτα 〈nýchta〉. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /naɪt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) The period between sunset and sunrise, when a location faces far away from the sun, thus when the sky is dark. exampleHow do you sleep at night when you attack your kids like that!?
    • {{RQ:RnhrtHpwd Bat}} The Bat—they called him the Bat. Like a bat he chose the night hours for his work of rapine; like a bat he struck and vanished, pouncingly, noiselessly; like a bat he never showed himself to the face of the day.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. (countable) An evening or night spent at a particular activity. examplea night on the town
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  3. (countable) A night (and part of the days before and after it) spent in a hotel or other accommodation. exampleWe stayed at the Hilton for five nights.
  4. (uncountable) Nightfall. examplefrom noon till night
  5. (uncountable) Darkness. exampleThe cat disappeared into the night.
  6. (uncountable) A dark blue colour, midnight blue. {{color panel}}
  7. (sports, colloquial) A night's worth of competitions, generally one game.
  • {{seeCites}}
Synonyms: (evening or night spent at a particular activity) evening, (quality of sleep) sleep, (nightfall) dark, dusk, nightfall, sundown, sunset, twilight, (darkness) blackness, darkness, gloom, obscurity, shadow
  • (period between sunset and sunrise) day
  • (darkness) brightness, daylight, light
interjection: {{en-interj}}!
  1. Short for good night Night all! Thanks for a great evening!
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To spend a night (in a place), to overnight.
    • 2008, Richard F. Burton, Arabian Nights, in 16 volumes, p.284: "So I took seat and ate somewhat of my vivers, my horse also feeding upon his fodder, and we nighted in that spot and next morning I set out{{nb...}}."
  • {{rank}}
  • thing, Thing
nightcap etymology night + cap
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A warm cloth cap worn while sleeping, often with pajamas, being common attire in northern Europe before effective home heating became widespread. {{defdate}} Winston wore a nightcap to stave off the cold.
  2. A beverage drunk before bed that is usually alcoholic. {{defdate}} I'll make myself a nightcap of whisky and lemon before heading to bed.
  3. (US, sport, baseball) The final match of a sporting contest, especially the second game of a baseball doubleheader. {{defdate}}
  • patching
nightclubby etymology nightclub + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or suggesting a nightclub. The place had a nightclubby atmosphere.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A garment mainly worn by women for sleeping in.
nightie Alternative forms: nighty pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A woman's nightgown or nightdress; a dress-like garment worn to bed. I was too embarrassed to answer the door in my nightie.
  • thingie
night night
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial) goodnight
nightshade {{wikipedia}} etymology Old English nihtscada, apparently corresponding to night + shade. pronunciation
  • /ˈnaɪtʃeɪd/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (botany) Any of the poisonous plants belonging to the genus Solanum, especially black nightshade or woody nightshade.
  2. (botany, colloquial) Any plant of the wider Solanaceae family, including the nightshades as well as tomato, potato, eggplant, and deadly nightshade.
  3. Belladonna or deadly nightshade, Atropa belladonna.
  4. Any of several plants likened to nightshade, usually because of similar dark-colored berries.
nighty etymology night + y
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of nightie
  2. (childish) Good night abbreviation of nighty night.
  • thingy
nighty night Alternative forms: nighty-night
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, usually, childish) Good night.
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, usually, childish) alternative spelling of nighty night
niglet etymology nigger + let
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US, offensive, pejorative, racial slur) A child of Negro lineage.
Synonyms: niggerling
  • tingle
nig-nog etymology Reduplicative from nigger.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, ethnic slur) A black person.
    • 1977, Barbara Tizard, Adoption: A Second Chance He'll need this in a white community – He gets "Sambo" and "Nig-nog" at school already – if he's proud of himself it will be easier for him in the long run.
    • 2002, Vron Ware, Les Back, Out of Whiteness: Color, Politics, and Culture We didn't touch their area before but we ran through Brixton and you couldn't see a nig-nog on the street. Any nig-nog walked on the street was dead.
    • 2005, Amitav Ghosh, The Shadow Lines But when she turned the corner near the park, keeping her head down so that nobody would notice her, she heard someone shout: Little wog, nig-nog!
  • noggin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive, ethnic slur) A negro person
Nihilarian {{rft}} etymology nihil + arian pronunciation
  • (UK) /naɪˈhɪ.leə(ɹ).i.ən/
  • {{hyphenation}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A purported school of thought dealing with trivial matters.
    • The Works of George Berkeley, D.D., Formerly Bishop of Cloyne, page 14, George Berkeley, Alexander Campbell Fraser, 1901, “If the wit and industry of the Nihilarians were employ'd about the usefull & practical mathematiques, what advantage had it brought to mankind !”, Commonplace Book
nikka etymology Modification of nigger. pronunciation
  • /ˈnɪkə(r)/
  • {{homophones}} (in non-rhotic accents)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A bowdlerization of nigga used as a reclaimed sense of nigger.
    • 2004, Arar Han, John Y. Hsu, Asian American X Then there's the wigga (wannabe nigga, to fit everyone), who will probably have all that AzN PrldE junk, yet call everyone "nigga" or "nikka" trying to be black.
    What's crackin' my nikka?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. short form of vanilla
  2. (pejorative, ethnic slur) a white person
    • 2003, K. Broussard, What Looks Like Black, page 124 Getting with her would be just like fucking a white girl and I don't want no 'nilla
    • 2003, Patricia Haley, Patricia Haley-Brown, Blind Faith, page 222 Yeah, Nilla, I like that." Sebastian was humored and enjoyed Jamal's free spirit, but had no intention of endorsing the new name he had been given, beyond the confines of this Buick.
    • 2004, Tor Kung, My Mother Taught Me, page 184 Get water for him Nilla so he can wash her cunt, and make her ready to receive me. NOW. Commence.
  • Sometimes used as an alternative to or bowdlerization for nigga when a white person is involved.
nim etymology From Middle English nimen, from Old English niman, from Proto-Germanic *nemaną, from Proto-Indo-European *neme-. Cognate with Western Frisian nimme, Low German nehmen, Dutch nemen, German nehmen, Danish nemme. Related to numb, nimble. pronunciation
  • /nɪm/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, transitive) To take (in all senses); to seize.
    • 1962 (quoting 1381 text), Hans Kurath & Sherman M. Kuhn, eds., Middle English Dictionary, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, , page 1242: dorrẹ̅, dōrī adj. & n. … cook. glazed with a yellow substance; pome(s ~, sopes ~. … 1381 Pegge Cook. Recipes p. 114: For to make Soupys dorry. Nym onyons … Nym wyn … toste wyte bred and do yt in dischis, and god Almande mylk.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To take one's way; to go.
  3. (archaic, slang, transitive) To filch, steal.
    • 1663, , by Samuel Butler, part 1, They'll question Mars, and, by his look, \ Detect who 'twas that nimm'd a cloak;
  4. (intransitive, UK dialectal) To walk with short, quick strides; trip along.
related terms:
  • nimble
  • numb
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. A game in which players take turns removing objects from heap.
  • min, min., NMI
nimby Alternative forms: NIMBY pronunciation
  • /ˈnɪ
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (chiefly, US, UK) Not in my backyard.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually, pejorative) Someone who objects to the building of an undesirable structure in their neighborhood, especially in public policy debate. politically correct green (as in vegetation) nimbies (may object to nuclear power plants, polluting factories, etc.) socially conservative brown (as in shirts) nimbies (may object to the building of jails, prisons, housing for ex-convicts, drinking or adult entertainment establishments) fiscally conservative green (as in money) nimbies (may object to the building of anything which may decrease preexisting property values)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not wanting to have to deal with unpleasant or distasteful things near them. Their vote against measures to help refugees has been perceived by the socially conscious margin of society as a typically nimby attitude.
nimrod etymology In most English-speaking countries, is used to denote a hunter or warrior, because the is described as "a mighty hunter". In American English, however, the term assumed a derogatory meaning, probably because of 's references to as a "poor little Nimrod".{{cite web|title=Nimrod|work=The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language|publisher=Houghton Mifflin Company|date=2000|url= }} While this was most likely using the term's "hunter" sense, it contributed to the development of a sense "one who was easily confounded". An alternative explanation of this sense is that it derives from the memoir , in which Steinbeck used the term sarcastically while describing an inquest that was held after a hunter accidentally shot his partner: "The coroner questioning this nimrod..."{{reference-book|last=Steinbeck|first=John|author-link=John Steinbeck|title=Travels with Charley: In Search of America|publisher=Penguin|year=1962|edition=1997|url= |isbn=0-14-005320-4}}, page 45 The , in turn, cites a 1933 writing as the first usage of nimrod to refer to a fool, predating Bugs Bunny by at least five years and Steinbeck by nearly thirty: in Hecht and Fowler's Great Magoo, someone remarks "He's in love with her. That makes about the tenth. The same old Nimrod. Won't let her alone for a second."{{cite web|title=Nimrod, n.|work=Oxford English Dictionary|publisher=Oxford University Press|date=2007|url=}} However, this could still have been used in the sense of a hunter (i.e. someone pursuing a love interest). Another possible source of the sense is the play "The Lion of the West" by . First performed in 1831, it features a comedic characterization of named Col. Nimrod Wildfire who attempts to woo a young French woman.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US, informal, pejorative) A silly or foolish person; An idiot. Don't stick your fingers in the fan, you nimrod!
Synonyms: (pejorative term meaning idiot): doofus, fathead, lamebrain, numbskull, See also
Nina Ross etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A playing card with the rank of nine
  2. (slang) A hand in lowball poker where the highest card is a nine
  3. (slang) A 9mm handgun
nine {{wikipedia}} {{number box}} etymology From Middle English nine, from Old English niġon, from Proto-Germanic *newun, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁néwn̥ 〈*h₁néwn̥〉. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /naɪn/, [naɪ̯n]
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
numeral: {{head}}
  1. (cardinal) A numerical value equal to 9; the number occurring after eight and before ten. A cat has nine lives.
  2. Describing a set or group with nine components.
related terms:
  • ninth
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The digit or figure 9.
  2. (card games) A playing card with nine pip.
  3. (weaponry) A nine-millimeter semi-automatic pistol.
  4. (computing, engineering, usually in plural) A statistical unit of proportion (of reliability, purity, etc.). They guaranteed that our Web site would have 99.99% uptime, or four nines.
  5. (baseball) A baseball club, a baseball team (composed of nine players).
    • 1877, Chicago Times, July 8, 1877:Peter Morris, ''A Game of Inches: The Stories Behind the Innovations That Shaped Baseball,'' 15.1.3 Rain Checks, [ pp. 411–412] The St. Louis club is the only nine in the league which gives its patrons the right to see a full game or no pay.
Synonyms: Roman numerals: IX
coordinate terms:
  • Previous: eight (8)
  • Next: ten (10)
nineish etymology nine + ish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Any time close to nine o'clock.
  • hinnies
nineteen {{number box}} {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Arabic numerals: 19. Roman symbols: XIX etymology From Middle English nynetene, nintene, from Old English nigontīene, nigontēne, from Proto-Germanic *newuntehun. Compare Dutch negentien, Low German negenteihn, German neunzehn, Danish nitten. pronunciation
  • (next word stressed near the first syllable) (UK) /ˈnaɪn.tiːn/
  • {{audio}}
  • (next word stressed after the first syllable) (UK) /naɪnˈtiːn/
  • {{rhymes}}
numeral: {{head}}
  1. The cardinal number occurring after eighteen and before twenty, represented in Roman numerals as XIX and in Arabic numerals as 19. It is the last/largest of the "teen".
related terms:
  • Ordinal: nineteenth
nineteenish etymology nineteen + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of about nineteen years of age.
nineteenth hole etymology From an extension of the golf course hole-numbering system, wherein a full-length course has eighteen holes.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (golf, chiefly, British) The clubhouse at a golf course.
  2. (golf, humorous) The pub after a game of golf. {{rfv-sense}}
ninetyish etymology ninety + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Approximately ninety
  2. (informal) Of about ninety years of age.
ninetysomething Alternative forms: ninety-something
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, colloquial) A person aged between 90 and 99 years. She was a spritely ninetysomething.
Synonyms: nonagenarian
numeral: {{head}}
  1. Between ninety and one hundred.
ning-nong Alternative forms: ning nong
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, colloquial, slang) A stupid person; an idiot.
    • 2006, Pip Wilson, Faces in the Street: Louisa and Henry Lawson and the Castlereagh Street Push, [http//|%22ning+nongs%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=SzK_T5WwNKqUiQfK7oCZCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22ning%20nong%22|%22ning%20nongs%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 147], That “ning-nong of an MP” as Billy Lane calls him, Fred Brentnall, in his squeaky lorikeet voice reads to the House Lawson′s last two stanzas, just to highlight the danger besetting the colony of Queensland, indeed, the whole country:…
    • 2007, Ethel Chop (Andrea Powell), Strain Your Gherkins, [http//|%22ning+nongs%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=SzK_T5WwNKqUiQfK7oCZCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22ning%20nong%22|%22ning%20nongs%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], And you might not know this, but potatoes are in fact a symbol of communism. Well what′s vodka made from? It isn′t fairy floss! It's potatoes, ning-nong!
    • 2010, Jeanne Matthews, Bones of Contention, [http//|%22ning+nongs%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=SzK_T5WwNKqUiQfK7oCZCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22ning%20nong%22|%22ning%20nongs%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 12], He wrote a series of articles about a gang of greenies who′ve been interfering with commercial dragnet fishing, setting off firebombs and creating a nuisance. Made them out to be a bunch of ning-nongs and thugs.
    • 2011, , Black Ties, Red Carpets, Green Rooms, [http//|%22ning+nongs%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=SzK_T5WwNKqUiQfK7oCZCg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22ning%20nong%22|%22ning%20nongs%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], We felt like total ning-nongs.
Synonyms: nong
ninja {{wikipedia}} etymology From Japanese 忍者 〈rěn zhě〉, from ltc (nyín "to forbear")+ (t͡ʃǽ "-er", "one who does ~"). pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈnɪn.dʒə/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (martial arts, historical) A person trained primarily in stealth, espionage, assassination and the Japanese martial art of ninjutsu.
  2. A Mongolian amateurish private miner (mainly for gold); after the shape of the plastic bowl used to wash metal ore with mercury, roughly resembling one of the .
    • 2007 October 10, Jonathan Watts, "Prospectors and 'ninja' miners flood to east's El Dorado" , The Guardian, Many were former nomads, but as the gold rush gathered pace, students, vets and taxi drivers from Ulan Bator joined the ninjas, not just in Ogoomor but in other gold towns across the country.
  3. (slang) Juggalo version of the epithet "nigga". What up, my ninja!
related terms:
  • ninjutsu
  • ninpo
coordinate terms:
  • kunoichi
  • shinobi
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To act in the manner of a ninja, especially in the areas of speed and power.
  2. (gaming, slang) To claim an item in a game by abusing game mechanics, often despite having no real need for the item or ability to use it. That damn warrior ninja'd an epic-quality wand even though he can't even use it!
  3. (Internet, slang) To post a response on a message board immediately before someone else unknowingly posts a response saying the same thing. When I answered the OP's question, I saw that Porthos had ninja'd me by posting the same answer just before I did.
  • Jinan
ninja rock
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (slang) A broken shard of ceramic spark plug, used by criminal to silently fracture the glass windows of vehicles.
ninja sword {{Wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, informal) synonym of katana
ninjette etymology ninja + ette
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a female ninja-like warrior or martial artist
related terms:
  • ninja
coordinate terms:
  • kunoichi a female ninja
  • shinobi a male ninja
  • ninja a warrior that practices ninjitsu
  • ninjutsu/ninjitsu the martial art of a ninja
  • amazon a female warrior or heavily muscled woman
Nintendinitis {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Nintendo thumb, Nintendonitis etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A form of repetitive strain injury affecting frequent gamer
Ninty etymology Diminutive with -y.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (video games, slang) The video game company Nintendo.
    • 2002, "SteveC", Xbox PS2 or Gamecube (on newsgroup Ninty have missed the boat this Xmas in the 20 something bracket, Starfox Adventures is not going to convince people to buy a gamecube.
    • 2009, India Today (volume 34, issues 1-8, page 466) With the Gameboy, Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance systems, 'Ninty' had lorded it over the competition …
    • 2012, James Newman, Best Before: Videogames, Supersession and Obsolescence (page 62) Certainly, hearing that the 'Queues to get just 20 minutes with the shiny new Ninty handheld stretched for hours' reassure us that even games journalists at trade shows with copy deadlines are prepared to wait in line for their few minutes with the new device …
Nip pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /nɪp/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From Nippon (Japanese 日本 〈rì běn〉).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, ethnic slur) A Japanese person.
Synonyms: Jap
  • NPI, pin, PIN
nip {{Webster 1913}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /nɪp/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English nippen.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small quantity of something edible or a potable liquor. I’ll just take a nip of that cake. He had a nip of whiskey.
Synonyms: nibble (of food), See also
etymology 2 Diminutive of nipple.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) A nipple, usually of a woman.
etymology 3 Probably from a form of Middle Dutch nipen. Cognate with Danish nive; Low German knipen; German kneipen and kneifen, Old Norse hnippa; Lithuanian knebti.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To catch and enclose or compress tightly between two surfaces, or points which are brought together or closed; to pinch; to close in upon.
    • “May this hard earth cleave to the Nadir hell, Down, down, and close again, and nip me flat, If I be such a traitress.”, Alfred Tennyson, Idylls of the King, Merlin and Vivien, 1859
  2. To remove by pinching, biting, or cutting with two meeting edges of anything; to clip.
  3. To blast, as by frost; to check the growth or vigor of; to destroy.
  4. To vex or pain, as by nipping; hence, to taunt.
    • “And sharp remorse his heart did prick and nip.”, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, 1590
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A playful bite. The puppy gave his owner’s finger a nip.
  2. A pinch with the nails or teeth.
  3. Briskly cold weather. There is a nip in the air. It is nippy outside.
    • 1915, , "", : The day had only just broken, and there was a nip in the air; but the sky was cloudless, and the sun was shining yellow.
  4. A seizing or closing in upon; a pinching; as, in the northern seas, the nip of masses of ice.
  5. A small cut, or a cutting off the end.
  6. A blast; a killing of the ends of plants by frost.
  7. A biting sarcasm; a taunt.
  8. (nautical) A short turn in a rope. Nip and tuck, a phrase signifying equality in a contest. [Low, U.S.]
  9. The place of intersection where one roll touches another in papermaking.
  10. (historical slang) A pickpocket.
    • 1977, Gãmini Salgãdo, The Elizabethan Underworld, Folio Society, 2006, page 27, “A novice nip, newly arrived in London, went one afternoon to the Red Bull in Bishopsgate, an inn converted to a playhouse.”
etymology 4 {{rfe}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a quick, short journey or errand; usually roundtrip. Why don’t you nip down to the grocer’s for some milk?
  • NPI
  • pin, PIN
nippage etymology nip + age
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Exposure of a nipple or nipples.
    • 2006, "Hot Stuff: Mary J. Gets Crunk on the Grammys", Us Weekly, 7 December 2006: Mary J. Blige got eight Grammy nominations to Justin Timberlake's four and didn't even have to flash any silver-plated nippage.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
nipper pronunciation
  • /ˈnɪpə(ɹ)/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who, or that which, nip.
  2. (usually, in the plural) Any of various devices (as pincers) for nipping.
  3. (slang) A child.
    • 1949, , , p. 193. ISBN 0-451-51218-9 Heard what I was saying, and nipped off to the patrols the very next day. Pretty smart for a nipper of seven, eh?
  4. (AU) A child aged from 5 to 13 in the Australian surf life-saving clubs.
    • Of our movement’s 153,000 members, over 58,500 are nippers (5-13 years). This equates to nearly 40% of our total membership and shows just how significant the junior movement is within surf lifesaving.
    • The Nippers program, for children aged five to thirteen, promotes water safety skills and confidence in a safe beach environment.
    • 2003 Some Like It Hot: The Beach As a Cultural Dimension SLSA has become a multi-million dollar enterprise comprising 262 clubs located around the Australian coastline, with 100000 members, which included thousands of juniors or 'nippers', as they were more commonly known.
    • 2008 Understanding Sports Coaching: The Social, Cultural and Pedagogical Foundations of Coaching Practice. Tania Cassidy, Robyn L. Jones, Paul Potrac - It is the first day of training for a group of ten 'little nippers' (novice surf life- savers). An assortment of children expectantly hover in the clubhouse.
    • 2009 Didgeridoos and Didgeridon'ts: A Brit 's Guide to Moving Your Life Down Under "Every club around Australia offers a Nippers programme. Nippers is open to children from the age of 5 through to 13 years old and not only is it a fun way for your child to .."
  5. (Canada, slang, Newfoundland) A mosquito.
  6. One of four foreteeth in a horse.
  7. (obsolete) A satirist. {{rfquotek}}
  8. (obsolete, slang) A pickpocket; a young or petty thief.
  9. A fish, the cunner.
  10. A European crab (Polybius henslowii).
  11. The claws of a crab or lobster.
{{Webster 1913}}
nippitate etymology nip
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (archaic, humorous) Peculiarly strong and good; said of ale or liquor. 'Twill make a cup of wine taste nippitate. — Chapman.
{{Webster 1913}}
nippitato Alternative forms: nippitatum etymology From nippitate.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, slang) Strong liquor. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
nipple cripple
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A school prank, the act of taking a person's nipple between the thumb and forefinger and then twisting it around roughly
Synonyms: purple nurple, titty twister
nipplegasm etymology nipple + gasm
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (very rare, slang) A orgasmic-like sensation derived from the stimulation of the nipples.
    • 2013, Natasha Valdez, Vitamin O, link: Having a nipple orgasm, sometimes playfully referred to as a “nipplegasm,” requires concentration and focus—of using that sexy brain of yours to place all the orgasmic emphasis on your nipples and breasts as you can.
    • 2009, Suki Tagliaferro, Suki: Settling The Score, page 36: Sucking and nibbling, just right, the perfect combination brings her to a “nipplegasm” and she releases a gentle moan.
Nippon etymology From Japanese 日本 〈rì běn〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈnɪpɒn/, [ˈnɪpɒn]
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /nɪˈpɑn/, [nɪˈpʰɑn]
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. Japan
nippy pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology nip + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of the weather, rather cold. Gosh, it's a bit nippy today: I'd better wear my gloves.
  2. (informal) fast; speedy
    • Melanie Allen, Customer Relations Management (page 6) A Rolls Royce will not do if you need an economical, nippy car that is easy to park.
nit {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /nɪt/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
etymology 1 From Middle English nite, from Old English hnitu, from Proto-Germanic *hnits (compare Dutch neet, German Nisse, Norwegian nit), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱ(o)nid- 〈*ḱ(o)nid-〉 (compare Scottish Gaelic sneadh, Lithuanian glìnda, Polish gnida, Albanian thëri, Ancient Greek κονίς 〈konís〉)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The egg of a louse.
  2. A young louse.
  3. (UK, slang) A fool, a nitwit.
  4. A nitpicker.
  5. A minor shortcoming.
Synonyms: dickies (Geordie)
etymology 2 From Latin nitere.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A candela per square meter.
  • int , in't
  • ITN
  • tin, TIN
nitchie Alternative forms: neechee etymology From Ojibwa niichii, vocative form of niikkaaniss. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈniːtʃiː/
  • (US) /ˈnitʃi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada, pejorative) A Native North American.
nitpicker Alternative forms: nit-picker etymology {{-er}}. pronunciation
  • /ˈnɪt.pɪk.ə(ɹ)/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who nitpick finds fault in unimportant details.
nitro pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈnaɪtrəʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chemistry) the univalent NO2 functional group
  2. (informal) nitroglycerin, especially as medication
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chemistry) containing the nitro group; such compound tend to be unstable and often explosive
related terms:
  • nitro-
  • intro, trion
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (chemistry) of, relating to, or derived from nitrogen, especially in which the valence of the nitrogen is lower than that of a corresponding nitric species
  2. (chemistry) of, or relating to nitrous acid or its derivatives
  3. (mycology, biology) having a sharp odor like ammonia or nitric acid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dentistry, informal) Nitrous oxide.
nitty {{wikipedia}} etymology nit + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete, slang) Shining; elegant; spruce.
    • Marston O sweet, nitty youth.
  2. Full of nit. {{rfquotek}}
nitty-gritty etymology Uncertain, said to have been used at first by black jazz musicians, perhaps ultimately from reduplication nit and grits (finely ground corn), from Old English grytt, grytta. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) The essence or core of something; the details. He gave a short summary without getting into the nitty-gritty of the problem.
Synonyms: brass tacks, details, low-level, nuts and bolts
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) alternative form of ni-Vanuatu
nix {{was wotd}}
etymology 1 From German nix, colloquial form of nichts[ nix] in [[:w:Merriam-Webster's Dictionary|Merriam-Webster's Dictionary]]. Compare also Dutch niks, informal for niets. More at naught. pronunciation
  • (UK) /nɪks/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial): nothing.
Synonyms: nada, zip
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make something become nothing; to reject or cancel. Nix the last order - the customer walked out.
    • {{quote-news }}
  2. To destroy or eradicate.
related terms:
  • 86 / eighty-six
  • ixnay
  • mox nix
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A treacherous water-spirit; a nixie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Irish, slang) A job or income which is taken in addition to one's normal employment, generally at evenings or weekends. Originally implied that payment was not declared for taxation, but now refers to any work that is not part of one's regular job. John has a nixer on Saturdays as a barman.
Nixon etymology From Nick + son , an alteration of Nickson, originally a patronymic meaning the son of Nicholas.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. {{surname}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, narcotics) A low quality, low potency drug passed off as a powerful, pure drug.
Nizhny Novgorod {{wikipedia}} etymology From Russian нижний 〈nižnij〉 Новгород 〈Novgorod〉
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. Fourth largest city in Russia.
Synonyms: Gorky (name from 1932 to 1990)
nizzle etymology {{blend}}. Popularized by the hip-hop culture in 1990s and 2000s, as a rhyme of shizzle, as in fo shizzle my nizzle.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US, African American Vernacular English) Nigga, another slang term used as a euphemism or familiar adaptation to the derogative term nigger, utilized during the time period immediately before and during the Civil War in reference to slaves brought over from Africa.
The word "nigger" is still used in some circles, particularly in hip hop culture and urban areas, and is considered to be very offensive. The words "nizzle" and "nigga" are sometimes seen to be less harmful, but this varies from person to person.
no pronunciation
  • (UK) {{audio-IPA}}
  • (US) {{audio-IPA}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
etymology 1 From Middle English no, noo, na, a reduced form of none, noon, nan used before consonants (compare a to an), from Old English nān, from ne + ān, equivalent to ne ‘not’ + a. Cognate with Scots nae, Old Frisian nān, nēn, Old Norse neinn. Compare also Old Saxon nigēn "not any"; > Low German nen, keen, Dutch geen, West Frisian gjin, Old High German nihein (> German kein). More at no, one.
determiner: {{en-det}}
  1. Not any. no one There is no water left. No hot dogs were sold yesterday. No customer personal data will be retained unless it is rendered anonymous.
  2. Not any possibility or allowance of (doing something). No smoking There's no stopping her once she gets going.
  3. Not (a); not properly, not really; not fully. My mother's no fool. Working nine to five every day is no life.
  • (not any) any, some
  • (not really) quite a, some
etymology 2 From Middle English no, na, from Old English , , from Proto-Germanic *nai, *nē, from Proto-Indo-European *ne, *nē, *nēy, equivalent to Old English ne + a, o. Cognate with Scots na, Saterland Frisian noa, Western Frisian , Western Frisian nea, Dutch nee, Low German nee, German nie, Icelandic nei, Swedish nej. More at nay.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (largely obsolete except in Scotland) Not. I just want to find out whether she's coming or no.
  2. (used with comparatives) Not any, not at all.
particle: {{en-part}}
  1. Used to show disagreement or negation. No, you are mistaken. No, you may not watch television now.
  2. Used to show agreement with a negative question. "Don’t you like milk?" "No" (i.e., "No, I don’t like milk.")
  3. (colloquial) Used to show emphatic agreement, always followed by a positive word or phrase. No, totally. No, yeah, that's exactly right.
Synonyms: (used to show disagreement) nay, nope, (used to show agreement with a negative question) nah, nay, nope, See also
  • yes
  • yea
  • aye
  • maybe
noun: {{anchor}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A negating expression; an answer that shows disagreement or disapproval.
  2. A vote not in favor, or opposing a proposition. The workers voted on whether to strike, and there were thirty "yeses" and one "no".
Synonyms: nay
  • yes
  • yea
  • aye
  • {{rank}}
  • on, ON
no- etymology Derived from the word no used in attributive phrases.
prefix: {{en-prefix}}
  1. (slang) Placed before a word to indicate negation of that word.
no-account Alternative forms: no-count
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, colloquial) Of no value or merit; good-for-nothing; of no account.
    • 1898, Joel Chandler Harris, Tales of the Home Folks in Peace and War, page 48 "There are ten or fifteen hound-dogs around the yard, and they are actually too no-account to scratch the fleas off."
    • 2001, Charles De Lint, The Onion Girl, page 274 "Well, I'm sorry to have had to be the one to give you the bad news," he says. What bad news would that be? I'm wondering. That's just one more no-account Carter for me not to have to think on.
    • 2004, John Horne Burns, Paul Fussell, The Gallery, page 124 You see, corporal, the human race is getting worse all the time. Each year we know less than we did in the preceding. We're more no-account now than we were five hundred years ago.
nob pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /nɒb/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /nɑb/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
etymology 1
  • From "nobleman" or "member of the nobility" (Doubtful)
  • From "white-nob" (Eighteenth century) or "white-head", referring to the powdered wigs used by those affecting upper middle-class status.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, chiefly, British) a wealthy or influential person; a toff The masses have risen up and shot all their nobs. Baldrick, Blackadder Goes Forth
etymology 2 {{etystub}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now only in slang) The head. Jack and Jill went up the hill / to fetch a pail of water; / Jack fell down and broke his crown / and Jill came tumbling after. / Up Jack got and home did trot, / as fast as he could caper, / to old Dame Dob / to mend his nob / with vinegar and brown paper.
  2. (cribbage) a jack of the same suit as the card turned up by the dealer. (see also nibs) One for his nob.
  3. (slang) The glans penis, the sensitive bulbous structure at the end of the penis also known as the head of the penis. (Also spelled knob.)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To hit in the head
  • BON, Bön
nobble {{was wotd}} {{was wotd}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈnɒbl̩/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, Australia, slang) To injure or obstruct intentionally; batter.
    • 2011, Terry Ryder, "Affordable-housing lobby out to nobble investments", The Australian, 22 October 2011: Their core belief, unsupported by evidence or logic, is that homes are unaffordable because investors drive up prices. Australians for Affordable Housing appears to think that nobbling investors will strike a telling blow for first-time buyers: remove negative gearing and increase capital gains tax, and homes will be affordable.
    • 2012, Gavin Clarke, "Google attacks Twitter's search bias claim", The Register, 11 January 2012: Google has come out fighting after Twitter claimed that changes to its search engine nobble results to favour Google+, damaging the internet.
    • 2012, "3D printing: Difference Engine: The PC all over again?", The Economist, 9 September 2012: His main fear is that the fledgling technology could have its wings clipped by traditional manufacturers, who will doubtless view it as a threat to their livelihoods, and do all in their powers to nobble it.
  2. (British, slang) To gain influence by corrupt means or intimidation. The jury was nobbled to delay unanimous verdict.
    • 2000, Italo Pardo, Morals of Legitimacy: Between Agency and System, page 122 Unlike "noble" vigilantes, the police and court facilities which exist are said to be inefficient and corrupt, and juries are said to be easily "nobbled" or intimidated.
    • 2002, Kevin Jefferys, Labour Forces: From Ernie Bevin to Gordon Brown, page 107 For example jury trials were reformed to allow majority verdicts, so that criminals could less easily nobble them.
    • 2012, Mark Hagger, William: King and Conqueror, page 75 Here, though, Picot's overbearing power, and the fact that the bishop was an absentee, meant that the sheriff could use threats to "nobble" the judges.
  3. (British, slang) To steal.
The first meaning is employed mainly in sporting contexts, especially in horse racing. The second is used in judicial contexts, applied often to courts, juries and other judicial bodies.
no biggie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) not a big deal, not something to worry about. It's no biggie. It should only take 5 minutes to make a new one.
etymology 1 nobody + 's
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. Possessive case of nobody.
etymology 2 nobody + 's
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. contraction of nobody is
  2. contraction of nobody has
no-brainer Alternative forms: no brainer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An easy or obvious conclusion, decision, solution, task, etc.; something requiring little or no thought. If the newer version performs as well for half the cost, the decision is a no-brainer.
no can do etymology From cpi. A calque of Chinese Hani.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) I cannot do it.
no-count Alternative forms: no-account etymology Probably aphetized form of no-account
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, US) Of no value.
    • Cold Sassy Tree‎, page 16, Olive Ann Burns, 2007, No-count. Even low-down. I still don't see how Loma could of married into that sharecropper white trash.”
  • count on
nocturnal emission {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An ejaculation or orgasm while asleep, often accompanied by an erotic dream.
Synonyms: night emission, (slang) wet dream
nod etymology unknown. Dates to late 14th century, probably comes from Old English; may be related to Old High German hnoton, from Proto-Germanic *hnudōną.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /nɒd/
  • (US) /nɑd/
  • {{audio}}
  • (Australia) /nɔd/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive and intransitive) To incline the head up and down, as to indicate agreement.
  2. (transitive and intransitive) To sway, move up and down.
    • Keats By every wind that nods the mountain pine.
    • 1819 "Frail snowdrops that together cling / and nod their helmets, smitten by the wing / of many a furious whirl-blast sweeping by." (Wordsworth, On Seeing a Tuft of Snowdrops in a Storm)
  3. (intransitive) To gradually fall asleep.
  4. (intransitive) To make a mistake by being temporarily inattentive or tired Even Homer nods.
  5. (intransitive, soccer) To head; to strike the ball with one's head.
    • {{quote-news }}
  6. (intransitive, figuratively) To allude to something.
    • March 15 2012, Soctt Tobias, The Kid With A Bike [Review] Though the title nods to the Italian neo-realist classic Bicycle Thieves—and Cyril, much like the father and son in that movie, spends much of his time tracking down the oft-stolen possession—The Kid With A Bike isn’t about the bike as something essential to his livelihood, but as his sole connection to the freedom and play of childhood itself.
  7. (intransitive, slang) To fall asleep while under the influence of opiates.
related terms:
  • nod off
  • nod out
  • nodding disease, nodding syndrome
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An instance of moving one's head as described above.
  2. A reference or allusion to something.
    • {{quote-news }}
  • don, Don, don'
nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) The idea/proposed action is inconsequential to the current situation.
nodding donkey
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A pumpjack
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) the head; the part of the body of an animal or human which contains the brain, mouth and main sense organs.
  2. (UK, informal) the head; the seat of mental capacity or intellect
  3. (obsolete) the back of the head, nape.
quotations: {{seeCites}}
Noddy suit etymology Named after a character who wore a pointed hat in children's books by Enid Blyton.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, military, informal) A kind of NBC suit with a pointed hood.
no dice etymology A term used in the game craps when the dice bounce over the walls of the table, invalidating the throw.
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (idiomatic) An unacceptable alternative.
  2. (idiomatic) An unfavorable result.
  3. (informal) Used to express a negative outcome or decision We looked all over the house for it. No dice. The board considered the proposal at the meeting, but no dice for now.
  • coined
  • dicone
no diggity
adjective: no diggity
  1. (slang) no doubt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball slang) a certain home run; a home run about which there isn't any doubt
no duh etymology US from 1962.'''[ no duh!]''', entry in '''2008''', Eric Partridge, Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor, ''The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English'', page 460. Alternative forms: no dah, no dar, no der, no derr, no dur, no durr pronunciation
  • (UK) /nəʊ ˈdəː/
  • (US) /noʊ ˈdə/
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (chiefly, US, colloquial, sarcastic) An expression or exclamation that something is exceedingly obvious or apparent, or that one would have to be extremely foolish not to realize something immediately. {{defdate}} It says here not to drive with the sun shade covering the windshield of your car. No duh!
    • 2005, , Gardenias For Breakfast, page 99, A long pause was followed by Hannah saying, “Well, no duh!” “What?” “That sign. Did you read that sign?” “No, what did it say?” “It said ‘State Prison Next Exit: Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers.’ That′s why I said, no duh! Like they have to tell people not to pick up hitchhikers.” “That was a strange sign,” I agreed.
    • 2008, Donald James Parker, All the Stillness of the Wind, page 127, “I could maybe buy that one, for some who has advanced up the scale of faith. However, I have trouble believing it would be sellable to the general population.” “That′s a big ‘no duh.’ Now, I hope you don′t mind me keeping your feet to the fire. Let′s get back to your idea that maybe there are multiple paths to Heaven. And by the way, I hope you know you′re making me dizzy.”
    • 2010, Joselin Linder, Elena Donovan Mauer, Have Sex Like You Just Met - No Matter How Long You've Been Together, page xvii, Ultimately, humans aren′t wholly monogamoue either. (Can we hear a “No duh,” from the bleacher seats?)
Synonyms: no shit, no shit, Sherlock, thank you, Captain Obvious & you're welcome, Lieutenant Sarcasm (Captain Obvious, Lieutenant Sarcasm), no really, oh really, really, no kidding, you don't say, duh
  • hound
no frills Alternative forms: no-frills
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic) basic or simple; providing only what is necessary, without anything extra or fancy He rented a no-frills apartment and cooked his own meals.
Synonyms: See also
No Fun City etymology Reportedly coined in 2000 by an organiser of annual fireworks exhibition (now known as the ), who was upset over a tobacco company being prevented from sponsoring the event.Tom Charity & Fiona Morrow, ''Time Out Vancouver'', Time Out (2006), ISBN 9781904978725 Strict liquor licensing laws have also been pointed to as the source of the nickname,Tom Jordan, ''Vancouver'', Explorer Publishing (2008), ISBN 9789948033844, [ page 30] as has an incident in which police advised people to avoid a New Year's celebration, fearing violence.Mark Hume, "[ Vancouver's 4 a.m. bars create havoc for police]", ''The Globe and Mail'', 8 November 2006
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal, usually pejorative) Nickname of the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
    • 2010, Kevin Fylan, "No pressure, London - 'No Fun City' shows how it's done", Reuters, 1 March 2010: At times there was a Mardi Gras atmosphere in downtown Vancouver, and this in a place sometimes described by residents themselves as No Fun City.
nog {{Webster 1913}}
etymology 1 {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A wooden block, the size of a brick, built into a wall, as a hold for the nail of woodwork.
  2. One of the square log of wood used in a pile to support the roof of a mine.
  3. (shipbuilding) A treenail to fasten the shore.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to fill in, as between scantling, with brickwork.
  2. (transitive, shipbuilding) to fasten, as shores, with treenails.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Short for noggin.
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Short for eggnog.
  2. (obsolete) A kind of strong ale. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 4
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive, derogatory, ethnic slur) A dark-skinned person; nig-nog.
  2. (AU, dated, ethnic slur) A Vietnamese person.
  • gon, NGO
noggin etymology Origin unknown. (Irish naigín, Scottish Gaelic noigean are both from English.) Compare nog. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈnɑɡɨn/, /ˈnɑɡn̩/
  • (UK) /ˈnɒɡɪn/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small mug, cup or ladle.
    • 1889, , Here Nat Adams, the burly bar-keeper, dispensed bad whisky at the rate of two shillings a noggin, or a guinea a bottle…
  2. (dated) A measure equivalent to a gill. Also possibly linked to the phrase “naggin of vodka” (a small bottle of vodka).
    • 1836, , I don’t know whether…you…ever…went out to a slight lunch of a bushel of oysters, a dozen or so of bottled ale, and a noggin or two of whiskey to close up with.
  3. (slang) The head.
    • 2003, James D. Doss, Dead Soul Or maybe he bumped his noggin when he fell down—after he got clipped on the legs.
    • 2003, John Farris, The Fury and the Power She bumped her noggin on the bulkhead above the doorway, smiled in apology for her presumed clumsiness.
  • nig-nog
no go Alternative forms: no-go
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  1. (informal, slang, US, with indefinite article) something which should not or cannot be done
    • 1937, Louis MacNeice, Bagpipe Music It's no go the merry-go-round, it's no go the rickshaw, / All we want is a limousine and a ticket for the peepshow.
no homo {{wikipedia}}
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  1. (informal) Used immediately before or after a statement to indicate that there was no homosexual meaning intended, especially when such a meaning is a reasonable interpretation. You look like you have been working out — no homo. No homo, but that shirt looks great on you. Squeeze your lats. Does that make sense? Take your hands, I want you to grab here on me. Grab my lats. Grab em, grab em, grab em. No homo. July 7 2011 by
nohow etymology no + how pronunciation
  • Homophones: know-how
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  1. (slang) In no way; not at all; by no available means.
    • 1883: , "We don't see it here nohow," returned the man.
noisemonger etymology noise + monger
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  1. (music, slang) A musician who produces noisy music.
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noisenik etymology noise + nik
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  1. (informal) A musician who produces harsh, discordant music.
    • 2003, Mark Pytlik, Bjork: Wow and Flutter Bjork's musical dalliance with Germain punk noisenik Alec Empire has long been a point of contention for fans, many of whom resent the way he generally suffocates his source material with a giant cloud of distortion.

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