Examples of nous in a Sentence
an Oxford don who was long on erudition but a little short on everyday nous
Recent Examples of nous from the Web
After 'that' Barcelona game, Wilshere was the present and future of England, a player who graced the game with the nous of a seasoned foreign midfield conductor but the bite of a typical English bulldog.
With a devastating blend of offense/defense and his usual clay-court nous, Rafael Nadal won his 10th Roland Garros title, and 15th Grand Slam, vaulting him past Pete Sampras.
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Origin and Etymology of nous
First Known Use: 1678See Words from the same year
Synonymsdiscreetness, discretion, gumption [chiefly dialect], horse sense, levelheadedness, common sense [chiefly British], policy, prudence, sense, sensibleness, wisdom, wit
Related Wordsstreet smarts; farsightedness, forehandedness, foresight, foresightedness, forethoughtfulness, judgment (or judgement); brains, gray matter, intelligence; logicality, logicalness, practicality, rationality, rationalness; discernment, discrimination, insight, sagacity, sapience; acumen, astuteness, clearheadedness, keenness, penetration, perspicacity, shrewdness; care, caution, circumspection, precaution, premeditation
Near Antonymsshortsightedness; brainlessness, foolishness, half-wittedness, idiocy, senselessness, stupidity; carelessness, heedlessness; unreasonableness
NOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nous for English Language Learners
: the intelligence and ability to make good judgments and decisions
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