no·where | \ˈnō-ˌ(h)wer, -(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 & Antonyms for nowhere

Synonyms: Noun

anonymity, facelessness, namelessness, obscurity, silence

Antonyms: Noun

celebrity, fame, notoriety, renown

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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

That's nowhere near the percentages in the Bay Area, where an astonishing 54 percent of San Jose homes and 40 percent of San Francisco homes are valued at more than $1 million. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "'That's a California thing.' Sacramento ranks high among cities with million-dollar homes," 7 July 2018 Conservation biologists quickly sounded an urgent alarm, warning that the invader could devastate the African island’s unique biodiversity, which includes lemurs and hundreds of other animals found nowhere else in the world. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: toxic toads, three-parent babies in Singapore, and the hunt for the Lost Colony," 8 June 2018 Many of them are low-income women with nowhere else to turn for care. Lauren Rankin, Allure, "What Trump's "Domestic Gag Rule" Would Mean for Reproductive Health Care," 18 May 2018 As for the man himself, Trump was nowhere near either his inflatable alter-ego or the protests being held in his honour. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Thousands Turn Out to Protest Donald Trump in London," 13 July 2018 While homebuilding is nowhere near as consolidated as industries like airlines, the result has been similar, less supply. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Big Builders Are Remodeling the Housing Market," 13 July 2018 Jenkins, who was living with his mother after being paroled on an aggravated assault charge from 2005 according to court records, was nowhere to be found when his mother’s body was discovered. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Ex-con was on cocaine, PCP when ‘voices’ told him to kill his 79-year-old mom, Texas cops say," 12 July 2018 Williams reminds all of us: physically recovering from childbirth and returning to work is hard Williams’s process of becoming a mother was nowhere close to effortless. Michelle Garcia, Vox, "Serena Williams, working mom hero," 11 July 2018 There was/is nowhere near enough time to do it all. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Deciding to date again, or not, after the death of a spouse," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The small satellite companies that SpaceX had signed up to fly on the Falcon 1 had nowhere to go. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "With a simple and cheap rocket, Virgin Orbit aims for the extraordinary," 4 June 2018 Known by its map designation as Area 51, this middle-of-nowhere site became a new top-secret military base. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The Real Story Behind the Myth of Area 51," 14 Sep. 2017 NY Ave is a thoroughfare, pretty much a freeway because the commuter and truck traffic have nowhere else to go - like on the real freeway that was stopped by opponents. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Pedestrian fatally struck by vehicle that didn’t stop in Northeast Washington," 7 May 2018 There’s nowhere to go but up from 10 losses — right? Dan Sweeney,, "Armchair quarterbacks: How did the Dolphins do in the draft?," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Cincinnati took an awkward drive to a nowhere layup. Chuck Culpepper,, "Nevada is the unkillable zombie of the NCAA tournament's haunted graveyard region," 18 Mar. 2018 The going-nowhere Senators, who are 15th in the 16-team Eastern Conference, appeared to tie the score at 2-2 when Zack Smith deposited a rebound with 7:44 left in the second. Sam Carchidi,, "Soaring Flyers move into first-place tie (temporarily) as they whip Ottawa," 24 Feb. 2018 My drink is warm, my attitude is cold and my friend is literally nowhere to be found. Laura Delarato /, NBC News, "I stopped saying 'yes' to everyone, and it changed my life," 21 Feb. 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, -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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