know-nothing


know–noth·ing

noun \ˈnō-ˌnə-thiŋ\

: a person who lacks intelligence or knowledge : a stupid or ignorant person

Full Definition of KNOW-NOTHING

1
a :  ignoramus
b :  agnostic
2
capitalized K&N :  a member of a 19th century secret American political organization hostile to the political influence of recent immigrants and Roman Catholics
know–nothing adjective

First Known Use of KNOW-NOTHING

1827

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