know-nothing

noun

know-noth·​ing ˈnō-ˌnə-thiŋ How to pronounce know-nothing (audio)
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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

Word History

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of know-nothing was in 1812

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“Know-nothing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/know-nothing. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

know-nothing

noun
know-noth·​ing
ˈnō-ˌnəth-iŋ
: a person who is ignorant : ignoramus
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