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

Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dunno was in 1842

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“Dunno.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dunno. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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