dunno

dun·​no | \ də-ˈnō \

Definition of dunno

informal
used in writing to represent the sound of the phrase (I) don't know when it is spoken quickly “What I wanted to ask about,” Roy said, “is you and your mom. Whatʼs the deal?” “I dunno. We just never connected,” the boy said matter-of-factly.— Carl Hiassen, Hoot, 2002 “Whatʼre those things?” whispered Ron. “Dunno,” said Harry.— J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2003

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1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Dunno.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dunno. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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