no

adverb
\ ˈnō How to pronounce no (audio) \

Definition of no

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a chiefly Scotland : not
b used as a function word to express the negative of an alternative choice or possibility shall we go out to dinner or no
2 : in no respect or degree used in comparisons you're no better than the rest of us
3 : not so used to express negation, dissent, denial, or refusal no, I'm not going
4 used with a following adjective to imply a meaning expressed by the opposite positive statement in no uncertain terms
5 used as a function word to emphasize a following negative or to introduce a more emphatic, explicit, or comprehensive statement it's big, no, it's gigantic
6 used as an interjection to express surprise, doubt, or incredulity
7 used in combination with a verb to form a compound adjective no-bake pie
8 : in negation shook his head no

Definition of no (Entry 2 of 6)

1a : not any no parking no disputing the decision
b : hardly any : very little finished in no time
2 : not a : quite other than a he's no expert
3 used in combination with a noun to form a compound adjective a no-nonsense realist

no

noun
\ ˈnō How to pronounce no (audio) \
plural noes or nos\ ˈnōz How to pronounce no (audio) \

Definition of no (Entry 3 of 6)

1 : an act or instance of refusing or denying by the use of the word no : denial received a firm no in reply
2a : a negative vote or decision
b noes or nos plural : persons voting in the negative

Definition of no (Entry 4 of 6)

1 north; northern
2 [Latin numero, ablative of numerus] number

No

Definition of No (Entry 5 of 6)

less common spelling of

No

symbol

Definition of No (Entry 6 of 6)

nobelium

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Synonyms & Antonyms for no

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of no in a Sentence

Adverb She shook her head no. this cake is no better than the last one we made Adjective She said she had no money. I wanted no part of the plan. They showed no concern for my feelings. people with little or no experience with computers Noun There were 110 ayes and only 16 noes. The noes raised their hands. See More
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First Known Use of no

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for no

Adverb

Middle English, from Old English , from ne not + ā always; akin to Old Norse & Old High German ne not, Latin ne-, Greek nē- — more at aye

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Time Traveler

The first known use of no was before the 12th century

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28 May 2022

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“No.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/no. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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no

adverb
\ How to pronounce no (audio) \

Kids Definition of no

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : not at all : not any It was no better than I expected it to be.
2 : not so used to express disagreement or refusal No, I'm not hungry.
3 used to express surprise, doubt, or disbelief No—you don't say!

no

adjective

Kids Definition of no (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : not any He has no money.
2 : hardly any : very little I finished in no time.
3 : not a I'm no liar.

no

noun
plural noes or nos

Kids Definition of no (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : an act or instance of refusing or denying by the use of the word no : denial I received a firm no in reply.
2 : a vote or decision against something There were 100 ayes and only 12 noes.
3 : persons voting against something used in plural The noes raised their hands.

no.

abbreviation

Kids Definition of no.

1 north
2 number

no

abbreviation

Medical Definition of no

 (Entry 1 of 2)

number

No

symbol

Medical Definition of No (Entry 2 of 2)

nobelium

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