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noisome etymology From Middle English noy + some (short for annoy, from an(n)oien, enoien from xno anuier, from Old French enuier (French: ennuyer), from ll inodiare (to make hateful), from in- (intensive prefix) + odium (hate). [ Wordsmith's entry for noisome] pronunciation
  • /ˈnɔɪ.səm/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Morally hurtful or noxious.
  2. Hurtful or noxious to health; unwholesome, insalubrious.
  3. Offensive to the senses; disgusting, unpleasant, nauseous; foul, fetid, especially having an undesirable smell; sickening, nauseating.
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Synonyms: See also
  • moonies, Moonies
no kidding
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial) An exclamation of amazement.
  2. (colloquial, sarcastic) Said in response to an obvious statement.
Synonyms: (amazement) really, no shit, never, no, no way, wow, is that so, (response to the obvious) really, no shit, oh really, you don't say, seriously
nol. pros.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (informal) abbreviation of nolle prosequi
verb: {{head}}
  1. (informal) abbreviation of nolle prosequi
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) One who does not have a social life.
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  • olefin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) One who has no social life; a friendless introvert.
nolle prosequi etymology {{wikipedia}} Latin{{attention}} nolle + prosequi; compare to prosecute.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (legal) A declaration by the prosecutor that a civil or criminal prosecution will not proceed.
  2. (figuratively) A refusal, a denial, a rejection.
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Synonyms: nol. pros., nol pros (both informal)
related terms:
  • prosecute
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (legal, transitive, somewhat, informal) To issue such an declaration about a particular (charge or case).
Synonyms: nol. pros., nol pros (both informal)
Nollywood etymology {{blend}}.
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The Nigerian film industry.
    • 2009, Pierre Barrot, Nollywood: The Video Phenomenon in Nigeria, Indiana University Press (2009), ISBN 9780253353528, page 23: After the film was released, the actor Nkem Owoh became part of the 'Big Five' (ie the five most well-paid actors in Nollywood).
    • 2013, Kenneth W. Harrow, Trash: African Cinema from Below, Indiana University Press (2013), ISBN 9780253007445, page 244: Nollywood films are defined by excess, where the borders that frame the images, the sentiments, the characters—the symbolic order and its limits—are violated dramatically and systematically, as in the mannerism of the neobaroque.
    • 2013, Matthias Krings & Onookome Okome, "Nollywood and Its Diaspora: An Introduction", in Global Nollywood: The Transnational Dimensions of an African Video Film Industry (eds. Matthias Krings & Onookome Okome), Indiana University Press (2013), ISBN 9780253009425, page 19: Video parlors, which are still the most popular outlet for Nollywood film screenings across Africa, do not run African auteur films, and the film festivals of Ouagadougou, Carthage, Durban, and Zanzibar do not accept Nollywood films into their main competitions.
nol pros
noun: {{head}}
  1. (informal) abbreviation of nolle prosequi
verb: {{head}}
  1. (informal) abbreviation of nolle prosequi
nom pronunciation
  • (UK) /nɒm/
  • (US) {{audio-pron}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Shortened from nomination, nominee, and so on.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Nomination.
    • 2000 May 30, "Webmaster -- Kevin Stroud" (username), "Re: RBL nomination for ( -- 5th supporting email, in, Usenet: exampleI have already submitted a revised (in terms of format) nomination. … In the future I will try to better organize my information (one message per nom, snip out excess spam if I post, etc.).
    • 2001 July 17, "William Tunstall-Pedoe" (username), "problems/suggestions for this group", in alt.anagrams, Usenet: exampleThe obvious way to reduce the number of noms is to increase the standard.
    • 2010 February 13, "Juan F. Lara" (username), "2/5-7 Weekend BoxOffice", in rec.arts.animation and rec.arts.disney.animation, Usenet: exampleParticularly "Mr. Fox" now that it has an Oscar nom to boast about.
  2. Nominator.
  3. Nominee.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) to nominate
    • 1998, "blaque" (username), "[http//|nomming A Teeny Favor (Was: Re: NOMINATION: Ms A.T. Rookie (fwd)]", in alt.tasteless, Usenet: exampleI have a little request to make. When you kids nom, do you think you could make clear who it is you're nomming -- and maybe even include the article headers for the voters (and the judge) -- many of whom are not psychics?
    • 2001, "William Tunstall-Pedoe" (username), "problems/suggestions for this group", in alt.anagrams, Usenet: exampleQuite a big percentage of the anagrams posted here get nommed - IMO it should only be around 20% or so.
    • 2007, Variety staff, "Composer Prince dies" (obituary): exampleEmmy-nommed composer Robert Prince died March 4 in Los Angeles after a brief illness.
etymology 2 Onomatopoeic.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial) Used to denote eating, or enjoyment of eating. Commonly used as "om nom nom". [to a baby] exampleYou are so cute, I could just eat you right up! Nom nom nom.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) to eat
related terms:
  • nom nom nom
  • num
  • mon, Mon
no-mark Alternative forms: no mark
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An insignificant person; one who fails to make a mark.
    • Danny Dyer v Dane Bowers: two no-marks at war, Marina Hyde, The Guardian, 5 February 2010: My favourite bit – bar the attempt to enforce a ruthless caste system in the no-mark community – is the prissy way Danny asterisks the word fuck [...]
    • The Family, Martina Cole, 2010: "If you had a daughter, and I want you to think about this seriously, would you honestly want her wasting herself on a no mark like that?"
    • Google boo-boo: Cheryl Cole 'upset' after seeing slurs about herself on internet ahead of her X Factor USA appointment, Daily Mail, 30 April 2011: She's said to be 'in pieces' after reading nasty comments calling her a 'no mark Brit' on American websites just as she's mentally girding her loins for her big move to Los Angeles.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (British, informal) A supposed surname for a person regarded as being friendless Jeff No-Mates spends his evenings on the computer instead of going down the pub.
nom de clavier etymology Coined in English from {{etym}} nom + de + clavier, by analogy with nom de plume.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, humorous) A pseudonym used in online communications; a handle.
Synonyms: handle, nom de Web (informal), username
nom de Web {{was wotd}} Alternative forms: nom de web, nom-de-Web etymology From nom de plume. pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A pseudonym used when publishing on the World Wide Web.
    • 1996, , Volume 4, Issues 7-10, page 378, Friedberg — whose nom de Web is StinkE — is an 18-year-old, hip hop-loving Hiero fan who started his site in August, 1995 as a tribute to his favorite crew.
    • 2006, , Volume 82, Issues 20-28, page 48, On the same day, Barista of Bloomfield Avenue, the nom de Web of Debbie Galant, who lives in a suburban town in New Jersey and is one of the most esteemed "hyperlocal bloggers" in the country, led with a picture from her recent vacation in the Berkshires.
    • 2009 December, , page 93, We are smitten with Nemo Wolfe. That's the charming nom de Web of Mercantile Library executive director Albert Pyle (our own Dr. Know) when he posts on their delightfully omnivorous blog.
Synonyms: handle, nom de clavier (humorous), username
nom race
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An eating contest.
  • Cameron, Cremona, Romance, romance
nonaccent etymology non + accent
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An unaccented beat or syllable, as in music or poetry.
  2. (derogatory) A spoken accent that is neutral and undistinctive.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) nonbiological non-bio washing powder
noncarb etymology non + carb
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) noncarbonated
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  2. (informal) noncarbohydrate
    • 2004, Jennifer Basye Sander, The Martini Diet: The Self-Indulgent Way to a Thinner, More Fabulous You! (page 116) Even in my most stringent noncarb dieting phase I was weakened and powerless in their presence.
nonce {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From a misdivision in Middle English of þan anes. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /nɒns/
    • (UK) [nɒn(t)s]
    • (US) [nɑn(t)s]
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The one or single occasion; the present reason or purpose (now only in for the nonce). That will do for the nonce, but we'll need a better answer for the long term.
    • 1857, , , chapter 6: 'Idiot!' exclaimed the doctor, who for the nonce was not capable of more than such spasmodic attempts at utterance.
  2. (lexicography) A nonce word. I had thought that the term was a nonce, but it seems as if it's been picked up by other authors.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. denoting something occurring once.
etymology 2 unknown. UK criminal slang. Possibly originally from dialectal nonce, nonse, or Nance, nance, from Nancy boy. See for further discussion.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang, pejorative) A sex offender, especially of children; a paedophile. That bloke who lives at number 53 is a nonce!
  2. (British, slang) A stupid or worthless person. Shut it, ya nonce!
etymology 3 Contraction of number used once.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (cryptography) A value constructed so as to be unique to a particular message in a stream, in order to prevent replay attack. In this protocol we use the serial number of the message as a nonce.
    • 1999, Network Working Group, RFC 2617 – HTTP Authentication: Basic and Digest Access Authentication, The Internet Society, page 22, The information gained by the eavesdropper would permit a replay attack, but only with a request for the same document, and even that may be limited by the server's choice of nonce.
non-com etymology Abbreviation.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A non-commissioned officer.
noncop etymology non + cop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who is not a police officer.
    • 2002, Greg Cynaumon, God Still Speaks Through Dreams: Are You Missing His Messages? An old adage among police officers is that there are only two types of people—cops and noncops.
    • 2013, V. S. Nesby, 13 Kings (page 28) I heard that hitchhiking was illegal, so I made sure to only stick out my thumb to noncops.
nong etymology Probably shortened from ning-nong. pronunciation
  • (UK) /nɒŋ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, Australia, New Zealand) An idiot.
    • 1983, Robert Drewe, The Bodysurfers, Penguin 2009, p. 126: ‘In there, you nong,’ Max said, pointing out a pink-brick home with a 1950s skillion roof.
    • 2008, Michael Panckridge, Hat Trick! Toby Jones, Books 1-3, 2010, unnumbered page, ‘You guys are such nongs! Why would you want to face up to Shoaib Akhtar when you could win a World Cup against the young blond Aussie star at the home of cricket?’
    • 2010, John Dale (editor), Best on Ground: Great Writers on the Greatest Game, unnumbered page, …and spend every second Saturday defiant and one-eyed among the opposition nongs at the Barkly Street end.
nongeek etymology non + geek
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) One who is not a geek (technical expert).
nonhacker etymology non + hacker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) One who is not a hacker.
    • 2002, Dan Verton, The hacker diaries: confessions of teenage hackers‎ Regardless of what you did, your nonhacker friends would get on your case constantly about not being able to get through to you on the telephone.
nonhumorous etymology non + humorous
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not humorous.
nonlab etymology non + lab
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Nonlaboratory.
no-no pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, often, childish) Something that is forbidden, prohibited, discouraged or taboo. Smoking indoors is becoming a real no-no these days, in many places.
  2. (baseball, colloquial) A no-hitter; a game in which no batter on one of the teams got a hit. He threw two no-nos in his career.
  • (something forbidden, ...) must
  • noon
nonobscene Alternative forms: non-obscene etymology non + obscene
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not obscene We must distinguish between obscene and nonobscene pornography.
nonoffensive etymology non + offensive
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not offensive.
nonpejorative etymology non + pejorative
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not pejorative.
nonpharma etymology non + pharma
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Not of or pertaining to the pharmaceutical industry.
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    • 2007, Greg Critser, Generation Rx To the objection that user fees might end up merely funding other, nonpharma departments of the FDA, Mossinghoff made sure the new legislation mandated that all user fees be strictly dedicated to hiring and supporting drug reviewers.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) nonphotographic
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nonplussed etymology From Latin non plus. {{cite web | url = | title = The Mavens' Word of the Day | accessdate = 2006-09-26 | first = Carol | date = 1999-12-21 | language = English }} pronunciation
  • (US) /nɒnˈpləst/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Bewildered; unsure how to respond or act.
    • 1724, Daniel Defoe, : Note, the honest Quaker was nonplussed, and greatly surprised at that question.
    • {{RQ:Joyce Ulysses}} Episode 16 For the nonce he was rather nonplussed but inasmuch as the duty plainly devolved upon him to take some measures on the subject he pondered suitable ways and means during which Stephen repeatedly yawned.
    • 2000, Marcia Miller & Martin Lee, Vocabulary, Word of the Day "Dad was so nonplussed by the new VCR that he gave up and asked Mom to set it for him".
  2. (proscribed, US, informal) Unfazed, unaffected, or unimpressed.
    • {{quote-journal}}
    • {{quote-journal}}
    • {{quote-journal}}
In recent North American English nonplussed has acquired the alternative meaning of "unimpressed". In 1999, this was considered a neologism, ostensibly from "not plussed", although "plussed" by itself is not a recognized English word. The "unimpressed" meaning is proscribed as nonstandard by at least one authoritative source.{{cite web | url = | title = askOxford: nonplussed | accessdate = 2007-04-20 | language = English }} Synonyms: (bewildered) perplexed, vexed, thwarted, frustrated, foiled, confounded
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of nonplus
nonpro etymology non + pro
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A nonprofessional.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, travel) Pertaining to non-revenue travel taken by airline employees.
Alternative forms: non rev, non-rev
  • nervon
  • Vernon
nonsavvy etymology non + savvy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Not savvy; lacking knowledge or familiarity.
    • 2006, Harold F. Tipton, Kevin Henry, Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP CBK Managing these permissions on a per-site basis will be impractical for a nonsavvy user, especially as quite a number of sites traverse domains.
nonsense Alternative forms: nonsence (archaic) etymology non + sense, from c. 1610. pronunciation
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. Letters or words, in writing or speech, that have no meaning or seem to have no meaning. After my father had a stroke, every time he tried to talk, it sounded like nonsense.
  2. An untrue statement. He says that I stole his computer, but that's just nonsense.
  3. Something foolish.
    • 2008, "Nick Leeson has some lessons for this collapse",, Oct 9, 2008 and central banks lend vast sums against marshmallow backed securities, or other nonsenses creative bankers dreamed up.
  4. (literature) A type of poetry that contains strange or surreal ideas, as, for example, that written by .
  5. (biology) A damaged DNA sequence whose products are not biologically active, that is, that does nothing.
Synonyms: (something that lacks meaning or absurd statement)
  • (mostly colloquialisms or slang) balderdash, baloney, bull, bulldust, bunk, codswallop, drivel, gibberish, hogwash, hooey (US), horse hockey, malarkey, manure, poppycock, prattle, rhubarb (chiefly British), rubbish, twaddle
  • (vulgar slang) bollocks (British), bullshit, crap, horseshit (US)
, (mostly colloquialisms or slang) balderdash, baloney, bull, bulldust, bunk, codswallop, drivel, gibberish, hogwash, hooey (US), horse hockey, malarkey, manure, poppycock, prattle, rhubarb (chiefly British), rubbish, twaddle, (vulgar slang) bollocks (British), bullshit, crap, horseshit (US)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make nonsense of
    • {{ante}} Bernard Shaw, "The Red Robe", in James Huneker ed., Dramatic Opinions and Essays by G. Bernard Shaw, volume II, page 73: At the Haymarket all this is nonsensed by an endeavor to steer between Mr. Stanley Weyman's rights as author of the story and the prescriptive right of the leading actor to fight popularly and heroically against heavy odds.
  2. To attempt to dismiss as nonsense.
    • 1997, "Rockies respond to whip", Denver Post, Jun 3, 1997: "They haven't nonsensed these workouts. They've taken them and used them very well. I didn't know how they'd respond, but they've responded."
    • 2000, Leon Garfield, Jason Cockcroft, Jack Holborn, page 131: Very commanding: very much 'end of this nonsensing'. Mister Fared spread his hands and shook his thin head imperceptibly, as if to say he understood
    • 2006, Sierra Leone: Petroleum Unit Calls for Auditing,, Mar 17, 2006: He further nonsensed press suggestions that the Petroleum Unit was set up to assist in the administration of sporting activities.
  3. (intransitive) To joke around, to waste time
    • 1963, C. F. Griffin, The Impermanence of Heroes, page 170: When he meant "go and get one" he said to go and get one, with no nonsensing around about "liking" to get one.
Synonyms: pooh-pooh, rubbish, whangdoodle
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Resulting from the substitution of a nucleotide in a sense codon, causing it to become a stop codon (not coding for an amino-acid).
nontaboo etymology non + taboo
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not taboo.
nontech etymology non + tech
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) nontechnology a nontech company a nontech patent
nontechie etymology non + techie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who is not a techie.
    • {{quote-news}}
nontechnology etymology non + technology
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not of or pertaining to technology. a nontechnology company a nontechnology patent
Synonyms: (informal) nontech
nonveg etymology non + veg
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Not vegetarian.
nonveggie etymology non + veggie
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Not vegetarian.
    • 2011, Maureen Stone, Musings of a Vegetarian Traveller (page 31) There always seemed to be plenty of both veggie and nonveggie food.
nonvulgar etymology non + vulgar
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not vulgar.
    • {{quote-news}}
noob {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: n00b, newb, nub etymology Representing a pronunciation of newb (a shortened form of newbie). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /n(j)uːb/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang, pejorative) A newb or newbie; refers to the idea that someone is new to a game, concept, or idea; implying a lack of experience. Also, in some areas the word noob can mean someone is obsessed with things.
    • Noobs are annoying, they never know the forum rules.
    • You just got pwned, noob.
    • I’ll teach you noobs how to play.
    • I kill all you noobs in seconds!
    • You suck, you son of a noob.
    • You are such an anime noob.
    • You are such a band noob.
Synonyms: nubcake (rare), See also
  • boon
  • obon
nooblet Alternative forms: n00blet, newblet, nublet etymology Diminutive form of noob
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang, derogatory) A noob (newbie) but even more inexperienced.
noodle etymology (string of pasta) From German Nudel of uncertain origin; cognate to Dutch noedel, Swedish nudel (the West Flemish noedel is also from German). The senses "fool" and "brain, head" are probably unrelated."[ noodle]", entry on ''Online Etymology Dictionary''] pronunciation
  • /nuːdl/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (usually in plural) A string or strip of pasta. She slurped a long noodle up out of her soup.
  2. (colloquial, dated) A person with poor judgement; a fool.
    • Sydney Smith the chuckling grin of noodles
    • Charles Dickens, Hard Times If that portrait could speak, sir — but it has the advantage over the original of not possessing the power of committing itself and disgusting others, — it would testify, that a long period has elapsed since I first habitually addressed it as the picture of a noodle.
  3. (colloquial) The brain, the head.
  4. (colloquial) A pool noodle.
quotations: {{seeCites}}
verb: {{en-verb}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. To think or ponder. He noodled over the problem for a day or two before making a decision. "Noodle that thought around for a while" said Dr. Johnson to his Biblical Interpretations class
  2. To fiddle, play with, or mess around. If the machine is really broken, noodling with the knobs is not going to fix it.
  3. To improvise music. He has been noodling with that trumpet all afternoon, and every bit of it sounds awful.
  4. (fishing) To fish (usually for very large catfish) without any equipment other than the fisherman's own body Fred had several lacerations on his hands from noodling for flathead in the river.
  5. (Australia) To fossick, especially for opal.
    • 1989, Association for Industrial Archaeology, Industrial archaeology review, Volume 12, On the Olympic Field the tour-group is permitted to ‘noodle’ (hunt for opals) on the waste or mullock heaps ...
    • 1994, RonMoon, Outback Australia: a Lonely Planet Australia guide, In Coober Pedy, noodling for opals is generally discouraged, although a few tourist spots, such as the Old Timers Mine, have noodle pits open to the public.
    • 2006, Marele Day, Susan Bradley Smith, Fay Knight (editors), Making Waves: 10 Years of the Byron Bay Writers Festival , We learn how Lennon used to noodle (fossick) for opal as a kid, how camels were for a long time the only form of transportation, and where the name 'Coober Pedy' came from.
noodlemania etymology noodle + mania
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, rare) Love of noodle.
    • 1999, Jeanette Foster, Jocelyn K. Fujii, Michael Shapiro, Frommer's 2000 Hawaii (page 15) On the neighbor islands, noodlemania prevails...
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noodler etymology noodle + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (fishing) A practitioner of noodling.
  2. (music, sometimes, derogatory) One who improvise.
no offense
phrase: {{head}}
  1. I intend no offense by these remark.
noogie Alternative forms: nugie, nuggie, noogy etymology unknown, possibly from Yiddish נודזשען 〈nwdzşʻn〉, or possibly from Hebrew נוגות nugot (afflict) (see Eicha/Lamentations 1:3) or possibly via an alteration of nudge, matching the alteration of wedge to wedgie. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An act of putting a person in a headlock and rubbing one's knuckles on the other person's head, often a playful gesture of affection when done lightly.
    • 1987, , 00:06:15 Marti Page: Mom, is Grandpa Walter going to give me noogies? Susan Page: Of course he's going to give you noogies. He loves giving you noogies. That's how he tells you he loves you. Little Neal Page: Why doesn't he give me noogies? Susan Page: Because you get Indian burns. Little Neal Page: But I prefer noogies.
    • 1991, shooting script of Columbia Pictures' . HARRY: HEY! WATCH THE HAIR!!"
Synonyms: dutch rub
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To perform a noogie on.
  • goonie
nookie etymology unknown, from Dutch neuken. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) sexual intercourse or other sexual activity, especially if illicit.
  2. (American) A pacifier.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A pimp or madam.
nooner pronunciation
  • /ˈnuːnər/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US, informal) A sexual encounter during lunch hour, especially one which is illicit.
    • 1998 Dec. 11, Benjamin Lee, Daily Collegian (University Wire), State College Pennsylvania: A simple recess for lunch can turn into a nooner—a midday sexual encounter.
    • 2006 Sep. 22, "Funnyman Dennis Miller Returns to FNC!," FOX News: If you're going to knock off a nooner with a co-worker at a bad motel you have to scrawl your worn Hancock on the desk blotter.
  • quickie
noonish etymology noon + ish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Any time close to noon; midday or thereabouts.
Synonyms: twelveish
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) Emphatic version of no
etymology 1 Representing no pronounced with the mouth snapped closed at the end. pronunciation
  • /noʊp/, /noʊp̚/
  • {{rhymes}}
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) No.
    • 1856, Sidney George Fisher, Charles Edward Fisher, Kanzas and the Constitution, p. 97, "Is my son here, Clarence?" asked Roger Oakley. "Nope. The whistle ain't blowed yet."
    • 1880, R. Foli, Ill weeds, p. 319, "No," from Tom, ending the word with so decided a pressure of the lips that it sounded like "nope."
    • 1890, Werner's Readings and Recitations, E.S. Werner, p. 50 “Aunt Kat? And was Aunt Kat your only relation? Have you no father nor mother?” “Nope. Never had none ‘cept Aunt Kat. Her hull name was Katrina. She wuz Dutch she wuz."
    • c1930, Detroit (Michigan) Board of Education, The Detroit Educational Bulletin, Detroit (Michigan) Board of Education, p. 13 1: I will not dishonour my country's speech by leaving off the last syllables of words, 2: I will say a good American "yes" and "no" in place of an Indian grunt "um-hum" and "nup-um" or a foreign "ya" or "yeh" and "nope"...
    • 2006, Charlotte Hudson Ewing, Red Land, AuthorHouse, ISBN: 1420895184, p. 54, Nope. Don't know as I do.
  1. (informal, Internet, Internet slang) To leave an uncomfortable situation, usually quickly. I noped out of there as quickly as possible.
The above usage has, since the 1850s, been far more common than any others.
  • yup
  • yep
  • yeah
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A negative reply, no. I'll take that as a nope, then.
    • 1981, Tom Higgins, Practice quick...and swim, read in Dale Earnhardt: Rear View Mirror, Sports Publishing LLC, ISBN: 1582614288 (2001), p. 32 By one reporter's count, questions about the change elicited seven shakes of the head indicating no comment, five "yeps" and three "nopes" from Earnhardt.
    • 2002, Fernando Poyatos, Nonverbal Communication Across Disciplines, John Benjamins Publishing Company, ISBN: 1556197543, p. 19, Now 'Yeah,' 'Yep' and' Nope 'are always given as examples of what we do with 'Yes' and 'No' in English and it has become (particularly for foreigners) a sort of linguistic myth.
    • 2005, Suzanne Eggins, Diana Slade, Analysing Casual Conversation, Equinox Publishing Ltd, ISBN: 1845530462, p. 97 While Yeah occurs very frequently in casual talk, No and its conversational derivatives of nope, naw, nup, etc. are relatively infrequent.
etymology 2 Probably mutated from ope (see 1823 quote) from alp; pronunciation
  • /nəʊp/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic except near Staffordshire, England) A bullfinch
    • 1613, Michael Drayton, Poly-Olbion, read in The Complete Works of Michael Drayton, Now First Collected. With Introductions and Notes by Richard Hooper. Volume 2. Poly-olbion Elibron Classics (2005) [facsimile of John Russell Smith (1876 ed)], p. 146, To Philomell the next, the Linnet we prefer;/And by that warbling bird, the Wood-Lark place we then, /The Reed-sparrow, the Nope, the Red-breast, and the Wren, /The Yellow-pate: which though she hurt the blooming tree, /Yet scarce hath any bird a finer pipe than she.
    • 1823, Edward Moor, Suffolk Words and Phrases: or, An attempt to collect the lingual localisms of that county, R. Hunter, p. 255 I may note that olp, if pronounced ope, as it sometimes is, may be the origin of nope; an ope, and a nope, differ as little as possible.
    • 1836, David Booth, An Analytical Dictionary of the English Language, in which the Words are Explained in the Order of Their Natural Affinity, Independent of Alphabetical Arrangement, p. 380 In Natural History, 'An Eye of Pheasants' was also 'A Nye of Pheasants', and even the human Eye was written a Nye. The Bulfinch was either a Nope, or an Ope ; the common Lizard, or Eft (Old English Evet) is also the Newt; the Water-Eft is the Water-Newt ; and the Saxon nedder, a serpent (probably allied to Nether, as crawling on the ground) has been transformed into an Adder.
    • 1882, Abram Smythe Palmer, Folk-etymology: A Dictionary of Verbal Corruptions Or Words Perverted in Form Or Meaning, G. Bell and Sons, p. 583, Nope, an old name for the bullfinch used by Drayton (Wright), is a corrupt form for an ope, otherwise spelt aupe, olp, or alpe (Prompt.Parv.).
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etymology 3 Possibly influenced by nape and knap. pronunciation
  • nəʊp
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (East Midlands and Northern England) A blow to the head.
    • 1823, Francis Grose, Pierce Egan, Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, Francis Grose, p. xci (in an example of use of crackmans) The cull thought to have loped by breaking through the crackmans, but we fetched him back by a nope on the costard, which stopped his jaw.
    • 1829, Joseph Hunter, The Hallamshire Glossary, W. Pickering, p. 69, I'll fetch thee a nope.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (East Midlands and Northern England) (archaic) To hit someone on the head.
    • 1851, Sylvester Judd, Margaret: a tale of the real and the ideal, blight and bloom, Phillips, Sampson, & Co., p. 183, "Nope him on the costard," said Ben Bolter.
    • 1891, T F Thiselton Dyer, Church-lore Gleanings, A. D. Innes & co., p. 65 The sexton seemed reluctant to resume his old duties, remarking -- "Be I to nope Mr. M on the head if I catches him asleep?"
  • open
  • peon
  • pone
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) No.
  • yeppers
  • person, preons, spreon
verb: {{head}}
  1. (informal) present participle of nope
  • nonpig
noplace etymology no + place
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (US, informal) Nowhere.
no prob
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) no problem.
    • 1976, Dinah Brooke, Death Games, page 129 […] picks up the phone, — Yes, yes, — and hands it to the advisor. — Yeah. OK. No prob. No prob. No prob. Can do. — He slams down the phone. He is dynamic.
    • 1996, James Earl Hardy, 2nd Time Around, page 137 "No prob, man, no prob, I get it taken care of."
    • 2007, Sandra Simpson, Mina Fox Meets the Lady of the Library, page 28 "Sure, no prob," she snickered. "That is if you wouldn't mind calling me Mrs. W.
related terms:
  • no probs
no problem
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. easy; not difficult, not posing problem Finding this house should be no problem if we use a good map.
interjection: no problem
  1. certainly, sure (said when granting a request) Porter, can you help me with my bags?No problem, sir.
  2. no thanks (or apology) is necessary (said in response to an expression of gratitude or regret) Thank you. — No problem. I'm sorry. — No problem.
Synonyms: (certainly) certainly, of course, yes, (no thanks (or apology) is necessary): don't mention it, it's nothing, it was nothing, not at all, no prob, no problemo, no probs, no worries, you're welcome, it's all right, that's OK; see also
no problemo {{wikipedia}} etymology no problem + -o. Originally, and largely still, . A hyperforeignism, since the correct Spanish word is problema.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) No problem.
no probs
phrase: no prob
  1. (slang) no problem
    • 1979, Robert Morley, Sheridan Morley, Morley Marvels: Memoirs, Notes, and Essays of the Famed Actor, Raconteur, Collector, Hotel Guest and Man of Leisure, A. S. Barnes & Company, Incorporated, page 127: [...] Adelaide, its vineyards, and beaches and a curious serenity. No probs, they’ll tell you all through Australia. No probs, she’ll be right. The dust in this happy-go-lucky land is not swept under the carpet, it just naturally collects there.
    • 1992, David S. Mason, Shadow Over Babylon, Dutton, page 197, No probs at all. Here—let me show you an idea I'm working on.
    • 2004, Sandra Choron, Harry Choron, College in a Can, Houghton Mifflin Books, page 83., If you are peaceful, chances are there'll be no probs—but ya never know. If you are practicing nonviolent civil disobedience and expect to be arrested.
Synonyms: (no problem): no prob, no sweat, no worries, no biggie, she'll be right
no rest for the wicked {{wikipedia}} etymology From the Book of Isaiah verses 48:22 and 57:20-21, originally Hebrew. First attested in English in 1535, in Coverdale Bible of Miles Coverdale.{{R:Phrase Finder|257500|No rest for the wicked}} Quoted in biblical sense for centuries, humorous secular sense popularized from 1930s, particularly due to use as title of popular Little Orphan Annie strip by Harold Gray in 1933.
proverb: {{head}}
  1. (literally) Eternal torment in hell awaits sinners.
    • 1535, Miles Coverdale, Coverdale Bible, Book of Isaiah 57:20-21: 20: But the wicked are like the raginge see, that ca not rest, whose water fometh with the myre & grauel. 21: Eueso ye wicked haue no peace, saieth my God. 20: But the wicked are like the raging sea, that cannot rest, whose water foams with the mire & gravel. 21: ? you wicked have no peace, says my God.
  2. (humorous) People who are wicked must work harder than normal people.
Primarily used today for mild comic effect, meaning “one must work (particularly because one has been lax)”, as in Annie usage.
Norfolk dumpling
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A kind of boiled dumpling made in Norfolk, England.
  2. (humorous) A native or inhabitant of Norfolk.
Nork etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, ethnic slur, derogatory) A North Korean.
nork etymology Originally Australian. Origin unknown. pronunciation
  • (UK) /nɔːk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, chiefly in plural) A woman's breast.
    • 1983, Robert Drewe, The Bodysurfers, Penguin 2009, p. 91: I lay there so close I could've reached out in any direction and just grabbed a nork.
    • 1999, Louis Nowra, The twelfth of never: Ernie constantly badgered me to get her to talk to him but I suspected she would throttle him if he merely glanced in the direction of her norks.
    • 2002, Kate Atkinson, Not the end of the world: And her norks! Like a hundred times bigger than his sister's. Why was he thinking about his sister's norks? Gross.
normal {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin normālis. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈnɔː(ɹ)məl/
  • (US) /ˈnɔɹməl/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{audio}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. According to norm or rules. exampleOrganize the data into third normal form.
  2. Healthy; not sick or ill. exampleJohn is feeling normal again.
  3. Pertaining to a school to teach teachers how to teach. exampleMy grandmother attended Mankato State Normal School.
  4. (chemistry) Of, relating to, or being a solution containing one equivalent weight of solute per litre of solution.
  5. (organic chemistry) Describing a straight chain isomer of an aliphatic hydrocarbon, or an aliphatic compound in which a substituent is in the 1- position of such a hydrocarbon.
  6. (physics) (Of a mode in an oscillating system) In which all parts of an object vibrate at the same frequency; See .
  7. (geometry) Perpendicular to a tangent line or derivative of a surface in Euclidean space.
    • The interior normal vector of a ideal perfect sphere will always point toward the center, and the exterior normal vector directly away, and both will always be co-linear with the ray whose' tip ends at the point of intersection, which is the intersection of all three sets of points.
  8. (algebra) (Of a subgroup) whose coset form a group.
  9. (algebra) (Of a field extension of a field K) which is the splitting field of a family of polynomials in K.
  10. (probability theory, statistics) (Of a distribution) which has a very specific bell curve shape.
  11. (complex analysis) (Of a family of continuous functions) which is pre-compact.
  12. (set theory) (Of a function from the ordinals to the ordinals) which is strictly monotonically increasing and continuous with respect to the order topology.
  13. (linear algebra) (Of a matrix) which commutes with its conjugate transpose.
  14. (functional analysis) (Of a Hilbert space operator) which commutes with its adjoint.
  15. (category theory) (Of an epimorphism) which is the cokernel of some morphism.
  16. (category theory) (Of a monomorphism) which is the kernel of some morphism.
  17. (category theory) (Of a morphism) which is a normal epimorphism or a normal monomorphism.
  18. (category theory) (Of a category) in which every monomorphism is normal.
  19. (Of a real number) whose digits, in any base representation, enjoy a uniform distribution.
  20. (topology) (Of a topology) in which disjoint closed sets can be separated by disjoint neighborhoods.
  21. (rail transport, Of points) in the default position, set for the most frequently used route.
Synonyms: (usual) conventional, ordinary, standard, usual, regular, average, expected, natural, (healthy) hale, healthy, well, (perpendicular) at right angle to, perpendicular, orthogonal, (statistics) Gaussian
  • (usual) unconventional, nonstandard, unusual
  • (healthy) ill, poorly (British), sick, unwell
  • (perpendicular) tangential
  • (rail transport) reverse
related terms:
  • norm
  • Warning: normal, when used to describe a majority group of people, can be considered offensive to those who don't consider membership of their own minority to be unusual. Care should be taken when juxtaposing normal, particularly with stereotypical labels, to avoid undue insult.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (geometry) A line or vector that is perpendicular to another line, surface, or plane.
  2. (slang) A person who is normal, who fits into mainstream society, as opposed to those who live alternative lifestyle.
Synonyms: (normal person) see
normal for Norfolk
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (medicine, slang, UK, derogatory) Peculiar or odd.
  2. (medicine, slang, UK, derogatory) Of a patient, having lesser intellect.
Utilized by doctors and social service in Norfolk, England. It is also the title of a series of comic shows by the comedians who satirize the idiosyncrasies of the Norwich and Norfolk population.[ BBC News | Doctor slang is a dying art]
related terms:
  • normal for Wisbech
  • normal for Stoke
normie etymology normal + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A normal person.
    • 1980, Barry Corbet, Options: spinal cord injury and the future This place is a sure cure for a gimp's feeling out of place and a sure cure for a normie feeling awkward around a wheelchair.
    • 2006, Anne Katherine, How to make almost any diet work (page 200) You'll start eating like a normie. In fact, a small amount of food will one day look like a lot.
    • 2011, Bucky Sinister, Still Standing: Addicts Talk About Living Sober (page 97) Be jovial but not a comedian. We have a sense of humor that the normies don't have.
Norn Iron etymology Contraction of Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland said in the Ulster dialect sounds like Norn Iron and therefore evolved into a Northern Irish saying.
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  1. (Ireland, affectionate slang, generally only used in the Six Counties) Northern Ireland.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Ireland, slang) a person from the north side of Cork City, Ireland.
  2. A diminutive form of female given name Noreen and Norette.
  • ironer
  • Renoir
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ethnic slur, offensive) A member of the Norteño Mexican gang.
Norteño {{wikipedia}} etymology Spanish norteño, from the gang's territory in Northern California.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ethnic slur, offensive) A Mexican gang or gang member, or a Mexican or Hispanic person
north {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /nɔː(ɹ)θ/
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  • {{rhymes}}
  • (US) /noːɹθ/, {{enPR}}
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  • (NY) /nɔəθ/
etymology From Middle English, from Old English norþ, cognate with various Germanic counterparts such as Dutch noord, West Frisian noard, German Nord, Danish nord, all from a Proto-Germanic *nurþrą, and cognate with Greek νέρτερος 〈nérteros〉 possibly all ultimately from a Proto-Indo-European *ner-, as north is to the left when one faces the rising sun.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One of the four major compass point, specifically 0°, directed toward the North Pole, and conventionally upwards on a map. Minnesota is in the north of the USA.
  2. The up or positive direction. Stock prices are heading north.
  3. Above or higher The price you're offering had better be north of the highest price this company has ever traded for. - Tom Aldredge in the movie
  4. (physics) The positive or north pole of a magnet, which seeks the magnetic pole near Earth's geographic North Pole (which, for its magnetic properties, is a south pole).
related terms:
  • Norse
  • south
coordinate terms:
  • (compass point) east, south, west
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to the north; northern. He lived in north Germany. She entered through the north gate.
  2. Toward the north; northward.
    • 1987, Ana María Brull Vázquez, Rosa E. Casas, Cuba, page 23: The most dangerous ones are those that develop during October and November and that follow a north path affecting the western part of the island.
  3. (meteorology) Of wind, from the north. The north wind was cold.
  4. Pertaining to the part of a corridor used by northbound traffic. north highway 1
    • 2001, Joseph R Miller, Pipe Tobacco and Wool: Traffic was doing the speed limit on North I-45 one minute and had come to a stand-still the next.
  5. (colloquial) More or greater than. The wedding ended up costing north of $50,000.
Synonyms: (of the north) boreal
  • south
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Toward the north; northward. Switzerland is north of Italy. We headed north.
  • south
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To turn or move toward the north.
    • 1769, Henry Wilson, William Hume, Surveying improved (page 239) When at B you had northed 3.71…
  • Rt Hon, Thorn, thorn
North Cackalack
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (AAVE, humorous) North Carolina.
Synonyms: North Cackalacky
North Cackalacky
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (humorous) North Carolina.
Synonyms: North Cackalack (in AAVE)
northern monkey
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) Someone from northern England.
coordinate terms:
  • southern fairy
northernmost pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Farthest north. Alaska is the northernmost American state.
north of the border
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, British) Scotland
  2. (colloquial, US) Canada
A term used by English people to refer to Scotland. It is also used by people of the United States to describe the location of, or events in, Canada.
North Queensland {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) The north part of the state of Queensland, loosely defined as being north of either Rockhampton or Mackay.
    • 2007, Cheryl Taylor, Elizabeth Perkins, Warm Words: North Queensland Writing, Patrick Buckridge, Belinda McKay (editors), By the Book: A Literary History of Queensland, page 213, Despite the failure of attempts to form a separate state, the idea of North Queensland as a distinctive region has existed powerfully almost from first settlement.
North Star State
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Minnesota
Northumbria {{wikipedia}} etymology Possibly from North of the Humber. pronunciation
  • /nɔːˈθʌmbrɪə/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) North-east England; Northumberland.
  2. (historical) An Anglo-Saxon kingdom in the Northeast of England.
related terms:
  • Northumberland
  • Northumbrian
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (video games, slang) To shoot without the scope, especially with a high-precision, long-range gun such as a sniper rifle.
nosebag Alternative forms: nose-bag, nose bag etymology nose + bag.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A round sack or bag to feed for a horse, mule, ox or alike animal. Usually made of canvas sides and leather bottom slipped over the nose and attached to harness my a strong strap, rope or string. Design to feed animal in public areas and to eliminate spillage from eating.
  2. (informal) Food.
  3. (informal) A curious older woman of other peoples business or affairs.
Synonyms: (feeding back) feedbag, (food) scran, nosh, grub, bait
noseeum etymology Shortened no see them. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /noʊˈsi.əm/, {{enPR}}
  • (RP) /nəʊˈsiː.əm/, {{enPR}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) a biting midge, a small flying insect that harass people out of doors, particularly in warm weather after sunset.
    • 1983, Bob Cary, The big wilderness canoe manual Noseeums will go right through a tent screen.
    • 1999, Stephen King, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon The minges and noseeums had found her now, so many of them buzzing around her head that her vision seemed to dance with black specks.
Synonyms: punkie, sandfly
Alternative forms: no-see-em, no-see-um
nose job
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A plastic surgical procedure to alter the appearance of the nose, especially for cosmetic reasons; the resulting physical appearance of the nose.
    • 1948 Dec. 15, , "Voice of Broadway," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (retrieved 11 Feb 2014): Luther Adler's nose job has made him practically pretty.
    • 2008 Jan. 17, "Ashley Tisdale Has No Regrets About Nose Job," FOXNews (US) (retrieved 3 Oct 2008): Ashley Tisdale says she was somewhat distressed when she first saw her new profile after her recent nose job.
Synonyms: rhinoplasty
etymology 1 {{rfv}} Borrowing from Latin nosema, from Ancient Greek νόσημα 〈nósēma〉. pronunciation
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. disease, sickness
etymology 2 From nosema disease, from Multiple Languages Nosema.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{term-context}}
  1. (honey bees) nosema disease
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nosh etymology From Yiddish נאַשן 〈nʼaşn〉, from Middle High German naschen (which is also the parent of German naschen). pronunciation
  • (US) /nɑʃ/
  • (RP) /nɒʃ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Food; a light meal or snack.
  2. (slang, UK) Fellatio.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, usually with "on") To eat a snack or light meal. They were noshing on fruit.
  2. (slang, UK) To perform fellatio (on); to blow.
related terms:
  • nosh up
  • Hons
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) someone who nosh, an eater.
  • herons, honers, rhones
noshery etymology nosh + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A restaurant.
no shit
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial, vulgar) An exclamation of amazement or disbelief.
  2. (colloquial, vulgar, sarcastic) An ironic response to a statement of the obvious.
Synonyms: (amazement) no kidding, no way, (response to the obvious) really, oh really, you don't say
  • Shinto, Shintō
no shit, Sherlock Alternative forms: NSS etymology no shit + Sherlock An expression of amazement followed by comparing the interlocutor to the detective Sherlock Holmes, as if they have just made a great deduction. This expression is, however, used sarcastically, to point out that the interlocutor merely stated the obvious.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (vulgar, colloquial, sarcastic, somewhat, derogatory) A riposte to someone who has just said something obvious
    • {{quote-book }}
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no siree Bob
interjection: {{en-intj}}
  1. (US, colloquial) Definitely not; no way.
no speaks etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) The fact of refusing to speak.
    • 1938, Winifred Strangman, Robert Loraine: These three were soon caught up by the bitterness of the play and, owing to the unpleasant things they had to say, think and do to each other, proceeded to be on ‘no speaks’ with each other [...].
    • 2003, Robert Lacey, Monarch: The Life and Reign of Elizabeth II, p. 10: In the last summer of her life she had had bitter rows and had been in a state of prolonged "no speaks" with both her mother and her brother Charles.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Refusing to speak; uncommunicative.
    • 2010, Marina Hyde, The Guardian, 4 Nov 2010: He has added that he is distraught that Tana has "fled" to LA, and is no-speaks with both him and her uncomprehending mother, Greta.
nosybody etymology nosy + body
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A nosy person.
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not {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English not, nat, variant of noght, naht, from Old English *nōht, nāht, short for nōwiht, nāwiht, corresponding to + wiht. Cognate with Scots nat, naucht, Saterland Frisian nit, Western Frisian net, Dutch niet, German nicht. Compare nought and aught. More at no, wight. pronunciation
  • (UK)
    • /nɒt/
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  • (US)
    • /nɑt/
    • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}} (some dialects)
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Negates the meaning of the modified verb.
    • 1973, . Well, I'm not a crook. I've earned everything I've got.
    Did you take out the trash? No, I did not. Not knowing any better, I went ahead.
  2. To no degree That is not red; it's orange.
In modern usage, the form do not ... (or don’t ...) is preferred to ... not for all but a short list of verbs (is/am/are/was/were, have/has/had, can/could, shall/should, will/would, may/might, need):
  • They do not sow. (modern) vs. They sow not. (KJB)
American usage tends to prefer don’t have or haven’t got to have not or haven’t, except when have is used as an auxiliary (or in the idiom have-not):
  • I don’t have a clue or I haven’t got a clue. (US)
  • I haven’t a clue or I haven't got a clue. (outside US)
  • I haven’t been to Spain. (universal)
The verb need is only directly negated when used as an auxiliary, and even this usage is rare in the US.
  • You don’t need to trouble yourself. (US)
  • You needn’t trouble yourself. (outside US)
  • I don’t need any eggs today. (universal)
The verb dare can sometimes be directly negated.
  • I daren't do that.
related terms: {{rel-top3}}
  • ain't
  • aren't
  • can't
  • cannot
  • daren't
  • doesn't
  • don't
  • didn't
  • forget-me-not
  • hadn't
  • hasn't
  • have-not
  • haven't
  • isn't
  • mightn't
  • needn't
  • neither
  • no
  • nor
  • not bad
  • not guilty
  • not quite
  • not think
  • notwithstanding
  • shan't
  • shouldn't
  • wasn't
  • won't
  • wouldn't
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. And not. I wanted a plate of shrimp, not a bucket of chicken. He painted the car blue and black, not solid purple.
  • The construction “A, not B” is synonymous with the constructions “A, and not B”; “not B, but A”; and “not B, but rather A”.
interjection: not!
  1. (slang, 1990s) Used to indicate that the previous phrase was meant sarcastically or ironically. I really like hanging out with my little brother watching Barney... not! Sure, you're perfect the way you are... not!
Synonyms: I don't think
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Unary logical function NOT, true if input is false, or a gate implementing that negation function. You need a not there to conform with the negative logic of the memory chip.
related terms:
  • NOR
  • {{rank}}
  • Ont, Ont., TNO, ton
nota bene {{wikipedia}} etymology From Classical Latin notā bene,“[ nota bene, ''int. ''and'' n.'']” listed in the '''Oxford English Dictionary''' [<span style="font-variant:small-caps">Draft revision</span>; June 2008] which see for more. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˌnəʊtə ˈbɛneɪ/, /ˌnəʊtə ˈbɛni/
  • (US) /ˌnoʊtə ˈbɛneɪ/, /ˌnoʊ.tə ˈbɛ.ni/,{{}}{{R:Merriam Webster Online}} /ˌnoʊ.tə ˈ, /ˌnoʊ.tə ˈbeɪ.ni/
  • (Latin) /ˌno.taː ˈ
interjection: {{en-interj}} (plural notate bene)
  1. (imperative) Take special note; used to add an aside or warning to a text.
  • As with the Latin phrases id est and exempli gratia, is now more commonly encountered in its abbreviated form n.b..
  • In Latin, notā is the singular present active imperative form of notō, whose plural equivalent is notāte; consequently, in English, when addressing an audience of more than one person, the plural form notate bene is occasionally used instead of the singular. This practice is not necessary in English; is regarded as correct usage irrespective of number by all but the most pedantic language users. The abbreviation may stand for either.
Synonyms: nota
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, informal) An instance of the phrase or its variant spellings. Also, By extension:
    1. Any indication similar in nature to .
    2. Something deserving of close attention or of careful notice.
not a pretty sight
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (euphemistic, sometimes, humorous) Something visual unappealing, ranging from mildly unattractive to utterly disgusting in appearance.
    • 1890, , The Firm of Girdlestone, ch. 44: The navvy was certainly not a pretty sight. His muscular arms and legs were all a-sprawl and his head hung back at a strange angle to his body.
    • 1918, , Cabin Fever, ch. 11: Bud was not a pretty sight. Four days and nights of trying to see how much whisky he could drink, and how long he could play poker without going to sleep or going broke, had left their mark on his face.
  2. (idiomatic, by extension) Something disappointing, disquieting, disreputable, or otherwise unworthy of admiration.
    • 1909, , Martin Eden, ch. 35: Her lover, cheek by jowl with Maria, at the head of that army of Portuguese ragamuffins, was not a pretty sight.
    • 1929 June 23, "Impelled to Passage," Time: The Tariff Bill was rounded into shape for final passage by the House last week. It was not a pretty sight for soft-hearted political theorists.
    • 2002, Simon Szreter, "The State of Social Capital," Theory and Society, vol. 31, no. 5, p. 597: They showed little remorse in using this power to its full extent, against each other, against smaller producers and against the laboring poor, including strong-arm tactics of no legality. The result was not a pretty sight.
not as black as one is painted
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) not as bad as one is said to be

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