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

boondocks, boonies [slang], country, countryside, sticks

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Examples of nowhere in a Sentence


I have nowhere to go. Nowhere is there more of a population problem than in this city.


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

Also, if your heartburn comes out of nowhere or is suddenly way worse, definitely discuss that with your doctor ASAP. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "10 Ways to Actually Get Some Sleep When You're Pregnant—From People Who Have Been There," 23 May 2019 That main plot is also padded with side plots that largely go nowhere. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Season 2 of Runaways forges a bold new path — eventually," 21 Dec. 2018 Customer energy bills subsidized the billions of dollars of construction that would ultimately go nowhere. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Owner of failed nuclear plant might use golden parachute fund in settlement," 27 Nov. 2018 Out of nowhere, there's Topher Grace with what appears to be a serious head of hair, and lastly, a video game-like battle between Pom Klementieff and Ludi Lin. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Miley Cyrus Is Confirmed as One of the Stars in 'Black Mirror' Season 5," 15 May 2019 Fruit flies especially are incredibly annoying and seem to pop up out of nowhere. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies for Good," 9 May 2019 Manya remembers breaking down sobbing, seemingly out of nowhere, while at dinner with a friend a few weeks after the bombing. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How to Be There for Someone Who Survived a Horrible Trauma," 1 Apr. 2019 When kids immediately fell in love with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader, their action figures were nowhere near ready. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 But the songs from Mary Poppins Returns, unfortunately, are nowhere near as memorable. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "3 winners and 2 losers from the 2019 Golden Globes nominations," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here's a non-exhaustive list: Rebecca is sick (and possibly dying), Kevin has a son, Nicky is back in the picture, Kate's nowhere to be found, and Toby has a goatee that desperately needs shaving. Glamour, "This Is Us Season 4: Everything We Know So Far," 3 Apr. 2019 Experts are still working to identify the cause of these out-of-nowhere headaches. Korin Miller, SELF, "When to See a Doctor About Those Persistent Headaches," 29 Aug. 2018 But perhaps nowhere is Lauren more celebrated than within the fashion world itself. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Ralph Lauren Receives an Honorary Knighthood From the United Kingdom," 14 Nov. 2018 Summer can bring out the bugs and nowhere was that more apparent than in this round of Clean Plates. Mari A. Schaefer,, "Large roaches, moldy turkey close down Philly eateries | Clean Plates," 2 July 2018 But perhaps nowhere are the horizons for religion and technology wider – or more lucrative – than in India: roughly 1 billion residents identify as Hindu, and more than half the population is still offline. Samuel Steinberger, The Christian Science Monitor, "Hindu prayer service? There’s an app for that.," 18 May 2018 There is perhaps no industry that better captures the money-multiplying effect of the Permian boom than the out-of-nowhere emergence of West Texas as a rival to the original capital of U.S. frack-sand mining in northwestern Wisconsin. David Wethe / Bloomberg, Time, "Why This Sand From Texas Is Suddenly Worth $80 a Ton," 10 July 2018 Chantre Russ arrived in Kansas City on a Greyhound Bus from California with three children, two bags and nowhere to go. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "Mom almost called social services on herself. KCPD and its social workers stepped up," 10 July 2018 Most Finns were in the midst of their annual Midsommerfest weekend celebration {of the longest day) and nowhere to be found. Steven Shundich,, "World Cup 2018: Dispatches from TML Mobster/Guest Hemingway in Russia," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Not every journalist must choose between the view-from-nowhere voice of the objective journalist and stale aphorisms of major newspaper editorial pages. David Roberts, Vox, "My advice for aspiring explainer journalists," 9 Dec. 2018 Molly, feeling invisible at her mostly white, mostly male law firm, interviewed for a new job at an all-black outfit and questioned her going-nowhere relationship with married boyfriend Dro. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "How Insecure Gets Political While Ignoring Trump," 10 Aug. 2018 In New York City’s boroughs of Queens and the Bronx, Ocasio-Cortez came out of seemingly nowhere to upset 10-term incumbent Joseph Crowley in the Democratic congressional primaries last month. Stephen R. Groves, The Seattle Times, "Ocasio-Cortez stumps for insurgent Democrats in the Midwest," 16 July 2018 But Bird did, and in the process has become one of the most out-of-nowhere success stories in startup history. NBC News, "The next Uber? Scooter startups flood U.S. cities as funding pours in," 9 July 2018 The red state-blue state banter that happens almost nowhere else in the country. David Scharfenberg,, "The US military: The greatest social engineering machine ever built," 9 June 2018 By the second half of the 19th century, public rodeo spectacles were popping up in nowhere towns like Deer Trail, Colorado, Pecos, Texas, and Prescott, Arizona. Melissa Lyttle, Smithsonian, "The First Family of Rodeo," 13 Dec. 2017 Lucy Dacus was an out-of-nowhere success story of 2016., "Pink, Philadelphia Furniture Show, Food Truck Popup, Booze & Vinyl party and more great Philadelphia events," 12 Apr. 2018 The Flyers were outplayed, outshot, and outworked in the first period — against a going-nowhere team that had lost 10 straight — and fortunate to be in a scoreless tie after 20 minutes. Sam Carchidi,, "Flyers must end poor starts if they hope to make the playoffs," 21 Mar. 2018

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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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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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