nowhere

1 of 3

adverb

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

nowhere

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noun

1
: a nonexistent place
2
: an unknown, distant, or obscure place or state
rose to fame out of nowhere

nowhere

3 of 3

adjective

: of or relating to a remote or relatively unknown location
a nowhere town
Phrases
miles from nowhere
: in an extremely remote place

Example Sentences

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 tech industry
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
That combination results in a ski experience that feels like nowhere else on Earth. Brent Rose, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Jan. 2023 Many of which included sick, injured and abused pets with nowhere else to turn. The Republic, The Arizona Republic, 21 Jan. 2023 The Succulent Karoo Biome in South Africa and Namibia is downright extravagant in its biodiversity: 40 percent of its 6,400 plant species occur nowhere else in the world. Lauren Oster, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Jan. 2023 Lola Rica crammed her belongings and costumes in the small room and welcomed other Golden Gays who had nowhere else to go. Hannah Reyes Morales, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2023 Perhaps nowhere else in Ukraine did Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, devote so much money and violence, the carrot and the stick, to bend a city to his imperial will. Jeffrey Gettleman, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Dec. 2022 Ultimately, all 10 Assembly members in attendance conceded that there is nowhere else to go amid subzero temperatures, with all other shelters in the municipality at maximum capacity. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Dec. 2022 Though there’s often some overlap with the Emmys and a few guild awards, there’s also a long history of projects who pop at the Globes — and then nowhere else. Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Dec. 2022 Corcoran told the visiting investigators he had been advised that all available boxes placed in a storage room -- and nowhere else -- had been searched in response to the subpoena, The Post reported. Arkansas Online, 8 Dec. 2022
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, ExpressNews.com, 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
Adjective
The 2023 Oscar nominations were released on January 24 with a diverse lineup, but when Taylor Swift's name was nowhere to be found fans of the popstar took their reactions to Twitter. Amanda Curran, Glamour, 24 Jan. 2023 Flying on the same plane to depart for Phoenix and already late, one of the flight attendants scheduled for the flight was nowhere to be found. Dallas News, 24 Jan. 2023 For some reason hairy chests are nowhere to be found on menswear runways, but that’s a different piece). José Criales-unzueta, Vogue, 18 Jan. 2023 When Moshe and his grandmother arrived in Merano, Yehudit was nowhere to be found—she had been arrested. Rebecca Frankel, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Jan. 2023 Vassell awkwardly jumps into the arms of Sean Elliott the same way Elliott once awkwardly jumped into the arms of Tim Duncan, who is nowhere to be seen after leaving the dome at halftime to beat the traffic. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 31 Dec. 2022 DeGrom was a mythic and ghost-like figure for the Mets — an ace performing at superhuman levels who was nowhere to be found for a full calendar year. Jerry Beach, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 The team that nearly defeated Alabama all those weeks ago is nowhere to be found and the Tigers should be able to get in and out of Aggieland with little to no issues. Dallas News, 24 Nov. 2022 When the Legislature finally produced a slimmed down version of the ec-dev bill this week, the Hynes language was nowhere to be found. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1889, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Nowhere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nowhere. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

nowhere

1 of 2 adverb
no·​where ˈnō-ˌhwe(ə)r How to pronounce nowhere (audio)
-ˌwe(ə)r,
-ˌhwa(ə)r,
-ˌwa(ə)r,
-hwər,
-wər
1
: not in or at any place
2
: to no place
3
: not at all : not to the least extent
usually used with near
nowhere near enough

nowhere

2 of 2 noun
: a place that does not exist
sounds seeming to come from nowhere

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