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 nearnowhere 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 Stories like these and so many others are expected when someone (seemingly) comes out of nowhere to win the Heisman trophy in a fairytale season. Josh Will,, "Guest TML: It can't be overstated how Joe Burrow transformed the Southeast Ohio landscape," 10 Jan. 2020 This one, obviously, came out of nowhere on the morning of the Nashville game [a 6-2 Bruins win Tuesday]., "Zdeno Chara ‘ready to go’ for his 999th game with Bruins Saturday," 10 Jan. 2020 But because the 49ers came out of nowhere — 10-22 combined the previous two seasons — experts and maybe some of the Faithful wonder whether the 49ers are ready for this. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Are Australia’s fires a hint of California’s future?," 10 Jan. 2020 To everyone whose weekends seem empty without traipsing to the middle of nowhere, setting up camp and pouring hot water in a pouch of dehydrated pasta: Sleeping in a tent on public land is so 2010s. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Arizona's coolest campsites: How to book an Airstream, a bubble tent or an alpaca farm," 10 Jan. 2020 With nine minutes left, Danjel Purifoy came out of nowhere and turned the game around. Giana Han, al, "Isaac Okoro demonstrated he’s ready for SEC play in Auburn’s 80-68 win over Mississippi State," 4 Jan. 2020 Out of nowhere, the player summed up the production of the Broncos’ 2019 free-agent/trade class. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "New Year’s resolutions for Denver’s big four pro sports teams," 31 Dec. 2019 In other words, Avangard won’t come out of nowhere to pave the way for a Russian first strike. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia's New Hypersonic Weapon Flies at Mach 27," 30 Dec. 2019 Hi, Carolyn: My girlfriend of two years broke up with me out of nowhere. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Is he falling for a friend or hedging his bets?," 27 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What's more, disputes between the White House and Congress have nowhere else to go. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "White House stonewalling? Democrats overreaching? Supreme Court justices may be asked to decide," 11 Oct. 2019 Rounding people up off the streets, throwing away their few personal possessions, putting them in jail for the crime of having nowhere to go — what is that?, "Other times, the 52-year-old vice president of the Boston Users Union hands out sterile syringes, she said, and collects needles discarded near Massachusetts Avenue and Albany Street, where a rally she had organized to demand respect for those seeking addiction services there was held on Saturday.," 29 Sep. 2019 However, this summer more than any other in recent memory, a lot of players vying for big-money moves have nowhere to go., "Transfer Window: 6 Players That are Vying for Moves But Have Absolutely Nowhere to Go," 20 July 2019 From that moment on, the tension never slackens as Quentin initiates a city-wide manhunt for Oliver and his team, and with Oliver’s identity revealed, there feels like there’s nowhere to hide. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "We ranked every episode of Arrow," 15 Oct. 2019 The team will again face a more motivated opponent as the Bears look to conclude an out-of-nowhere season that nearly produced a Big 12 title with a signature win. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "College football bowl game watchability rankings: Prioritizing the 39 bowl matchups," 20 Dec. 2019 Released down the left hand side Tierney was facing Matty Cash side-on from a standing start - seemingly with nowhere to go., "Kieran Tierney: The Archetypal Modern Full Back Who Is Finally Displaying His Talent," 25 Sep. 2019 Others have a bed at a shelter but nowhere to go during the day. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "'One time of day they're not harassed': Step inside the Louisville women’s day shelter," 7 Nov. 2019 Boyle, of the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, said people are currently required to leave the downtown shelters at 6 a.m. and often have nowhere to go but the Loussac Library in Midtown. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Midtown assemblywoman proposes redirecting $2.4 million to homeless services," 19 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Right now, however, the Fed faces remarkably low unemployment, low inflation, and low interest rates all at once, leaving the central bank with nowhere to go. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, "The Fed might be in denial about the next recession," 7 Jan. 2020 Swift flirted with a non-country sound on her previous album Red, but in 1989 her roots were finally nowhere to be found: Gone were the guitars and twang of old, here are the synths and sing-speaking of the new Taylor. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s: Staff Picks," 19 Nov. 2019 After out-of-nowhere success in 2018, Brasier fell off dramatically., "Here’s a look at the state of the Red Sox roster headed into what should be an eventful offseason:," 5 Oct. 2019 At the end of Marriotts Ridge’s acrobatic routine, the Mustangs pulled a large school flag out of seemingly nowhere to end their routine with a bang. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, "Marriotts Ridge wins third straight Howard County cheerleading championship," 24 Oct. 2019 For many of them, that will mean that there's literally nowhere to go in the state, because of course, one doctor cannot possibly treat all the women in the state. Kate Smith, CBS News, "Abortion in America – Louisiana: "These laws have literally nothing to do with safety"," 15 Oct. 2019 With seemingly nowhere to go, the Frenchman decided to take on Martin Skrtel anyway, who was trying in vain to show the young forward down the line., "Daniel James & the Fastest Scoring Debutants in Manchester United History," 14 Aug. 2019 If a Formula E car's battery is full, there's also nowhere to store the extra charge. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E five years on: Cars Technica grades the electric racing series," 23 July 2019 When another surveillance camera in the area caught the two adults almost three hours later, the girl was nowhere to be seen. Steven Jiang, CNN, "Zhang Zixin: Chinese police rush to find missing girl as case grips nation," 12 July 2019

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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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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Nowhere.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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