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 Out of nowhere Sid Hartman is standing over us smirking. Star Tribune, "Close personal encounters and memories of Sid Hartman," 23 Oct. 2020 Michael Turk came to Arizona State, somewhat out of nowhere. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "Michael Turk back, ready to punt for ASU after leaving for NFL draft," 22 Oct. 2020 Big one this week on the road in the middle of nowhere against a regular contender for a state title. Jim Derry,, "Farmer Football 5: Top-ranked Mandeville reaches deep into the vault in Week 3," 21 Oct. 2020 Tykee Smith tipped the pass and the 285-pound Stills came out of nowhere to lay out and come up with the interception. Joseph Salvador, USA TODAY, "Five biggest plays from Week 7 of college football," 18 Oct. 2020 Elizabeth's vendetta against cigarettes didn't come out of nowhere. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Queen Elizabeth Insisted that Prince Philip Give Up Smoking When They Got Married," 17 Oct. 2020 But his fiery fastball that regularly hits triple-digits seems to come out of nowhere. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "Once a ‘late bloomer’ and best-kept secret, Justin Northwest’s Dustin May eyes World Series run as key pitcher for Dodgers," 15 Oct. 2020 D’Ernest Johnson came out of nowhere to fill in for Chubb in Dallas, rushing for 95 yards in 13 carries. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Are the Browns for real? Is this Kareem Hunt’s moment? – Terry Pluto’s pregame scribbles," 11 Oct. 2020 Joe Burrow followed a similar path as a one-time transfer from Ohio State who put together one of college football’s best-ever seasons seemingly out of nowhere. Mike Rodak |, al, "Just breathe: How ‘silent assassin’ Mac Jones learned to stay calm," 8 Oct. 2020 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,, "Top 10 Spurs moments: No. 1 — They are the champions (again)," 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, "Netflix’s first interactive sitcom: Good for laughs, deserves a better app," 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, "How the coronavirus is hurting drug and alcohol recovery," 3 Apr. 2020 Most of us have plenty of time on our hands and nowhere to go. Michelle Krupa, CNN, "Start your Monday smart: Pandemic, stay home, equal pay, US census, culture online," 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, "The Best Classic Films on Netflix Right Now," 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, "UK coach whose undefeated season was ended by coronavirus: Cancellations right decision," 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, "Stop Panicking About Joe Biden," 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, "Sports TV using nostalgia to get through coronavirus; Fox Sports Detroit no exception," 20 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But in the Big 12, the traditional idea that spread offenses reign supreme and defenses are nowhere to be found is being challenged by Oklahoma State, Texas' next opponent. Dallas News, "Tom Herman knows Sam Ehlinger, Longhorns have tall task ahead vs. experienced Oklahoma State," 26 Oct. 2020 And at the moment, full houses of the size Broadway shows would need are nowhere to be found. David Lyman, The Enquirer, "'Hamilton' is supposed to make Cincinnati return in 2021. Will that happen now?," 21 Oct. 2020 Many of the stores, casinos and restaurants that took out these PPP loans are seeing those funds end while customers are nowhere to be found. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Workers are being laid off twice as COVID ripples through the economy," 20 Oct. 2020 There are images of scented oils, hats and scarves for sale by street vendors who are nowhere to be found, bulldozed earth ready to be covered by concrete and glass. Lauretta Charlton Photographs By Latoya Ruby Frazier, New York Times, "Dawoud Bey," 19 Oct. 2020 But Sanders, and most of the offense, was nowhere to be found in the first half. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "Saints overcome 17-point deficit to outlast Chargers in overtime," 12 Oct. 2020 Specifically, in the British shows, closed-circuit television surveillance is everywhere, and handguns are nowhere to be found. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "Why British Police Shows Are Better," 11 Oct. 2020 But the little boy was nowhere to be seen the next morning. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, "Chilling details revealed as police investigate deaths of JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan," 3 Oct. 2020 And whereas Mushu the dragon is nowhere to be found, a key addition that does wonders for the narrative is Xian Lang (Gong Li), a witch working for Bori Khan who can possess folks and turn into a hawk. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Disney packs new ‘Mulan’ with action," 5 Sep. 2020

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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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27 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Nowhere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 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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