no-non·​sense ˈnō-ˌnän-ˌsen(t)s How to pronounce no-nonsense (audio)
: tolerating no nonsense : serious, businesslike
a no-nonsense manager

Examples of no-nonsense in a Sentence

a no-nonsense gymnastics coach
Recent Examples on the Web Loyal subscribers will be familiar with Shah’s no-nonsense approach, straightforward advice, and black turtleneck. Sawdah Bhaimiya, CNBC, 10 July 2024 She is described as professional, tough and no-nonsense. Rosy Cordero, Deadline, 9 July 2024 There’s still a middle-aged San Francisco dad in a dress pretending to be a no-nonsense Scottish nanny to woo back his ex-wife but there’s only some of the oodles of charm that Williams brought to the party. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, 9 July 2024 My last hope was a small pet store run by the no-nonsense Mr. Timmerman. Robert Klose, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for no-nonsense 

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of no-nonsense was in 1853

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“No-nonsense.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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: putting up with or including no nonsense : serious
a no-nonsense manager
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