no·​where | \ ˈnō-ˌ(h)wer How to pronounce nowhere (audio) , -(h)wər \

Definition of nowhere

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : not in or at any place The book is nowhere to be found.
2 : to no place I've gotten nowhere with my research. Arguing will get us nowhere.
3 : not at all : not to the least extent usually used with near nowhere near as seriousnowhere near enough



Definition of nowhere (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a nonexistent place
2 : an unknown, distant, or obscure place or state rose to fame out of nowhere
miles from nowhere
: in an extremely remote place



Definition of nowhere (Entry 3 of 3)

: of or relating to a remote or relatively unknown location a nowhere town

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Synonyms for nowhere

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of nowhere in a Sentence

Adverb I have nowhere to go. Nowhere is there more of a population problem than in this city. Noun from the looks of things, we're stranded in nowhere and most likely its proverbial middle in a few short years he rose out of nowhere to prominence in the dot-com world
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb For many Americans, COVID lockdowns-with nowhere to go and nothing to do-were a time to save., 14 Oct. 2021 Tekkey said residents faced heightened mental health challenges during the pandemic with nowhere to find help. Sofie Kodner, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021 British farms face the daunting prospect of having to destroy pigs as worker shortages leave 120,000 animals with nowhere to go. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 With nowhere to put high, rough walls thick enough to stash a body in, the buildings turn inward, speakeasylike, drawing visitors deep into the block through a series of expanding spaces. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 23 Sep. 2021 When schools and day-care facilities closed, businesses saw on a large scale the difficulty of retaining or hiring employees with nowhere to send their children. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2021 With nowhere to go and no one to applaud them, musicians last year flocked to their other sanctuary – the studio. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021 With nowhere to stay, workers involved in reconstruction have to drive in from afar. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 7 Sep. 2021 And yet, the country remains fractured and somewhat regional in its response to the pandemic, with nowhere near the national unity on display in the immediate wake of 9/11. Andy Meek, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The most enduring symbol of that series: Manu Ginobili at age 36, weaving his way through traffic in Game 5, giving a stiff-arm to 2013 tormentor Ray Allen before exploding for an out-of-nowhere dunk on Chris Bosh. Jeff Mcdonald,, 18 May 2020 While the series has officially concluded, this comeback special fast forwards to an entirely new, out-of-nowhere plot point and is therefore easy to watch for novices. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 13 May 2020 The closure of residential programs is particularly hard on recovering addicts faced with the elements and nowhere else to go, Burns points out. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, 3 Apr. 2020 Most of us have plenty of time on our hands and nowhere to go. Michelle Krupa, CNN, 29 Mar. 2020 An early, out-of-nowhere jump scare keeps you on edge the entire time, even though the rest of the movie's pretty quiet as Rachel (Naomi Watts) attempts to save her son from the extremely pissed off ghost Samara. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, 19 Mar. 2020 The new coronavirus has brought sports across the globe to a halt, but perhaps nowhere was that abrupt ending more stunning than in the locker room of the UK rifle team. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 20 Mar. 2020 An out-of-nowhere VP choice might be enough to generate a boomlet of media attention, but there are limited options. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 8 Apr. 2020 As were the Goin' to Work Pistons from 2002-2008, and the out-of-nowhere Tigers from 2006, Justin Verlander's first two no-hitters and the four straight AL Central Division championships. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 20 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The suspect beaver was nowhere to be found at the scene, said Rick Wunsch, assistant Corbett fire chief. oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2021 However, by the time sheriff's arrived, Satterlee was nowhere to be found. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 14 Sep. 2021 And now that his former friends are nowhere to be found, Ramy and Steve travel to school together in silence. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 8 Sep. 2021 Entire bedrooms of one home were exposed as the wall enclosing it from the outside was nowhere to be found. Kirsten Fiscus, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2021 Those little pasta rings are nowhere to be found here. Sue Wunder, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Aug. 2021 The white male dominated world of venture capital may leave the impression that women and entrepreneurs of color are nowhere to be found., 23 Aug. 2021 It’s simply people who are around when fathers, uncles or brothers are nowhere to be found., 1 Aug. 2021 Several members of the analytics department were on hand for Thursday’s news conference, but Kenny Rogers was nowhere to be found. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 15 July 2021

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First Known Use of nowhere


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


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nowhere was before the 12th century

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16 Oct 2021

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“Nowhere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nowhere

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not in or at any place



English Language Learners Definition of nowhere (Entry 2 of 2)

: no place


no·​where | \ ˈnō-ˌhwer How to pronounce nowhere (audio) , -ˌwer \

Kids Definition of nowhere

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not in or at any place The book is nowhere to be found.
2 : to no place We've gone nowhere all week.
3 : not at all That's nowhere near enough.



Kids Definition of nowhere (Entry 2 of 2)

: a place that does not exist The sound seems to be coming from nowhere.

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