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

The intricate effort to make jellyfish appetizing to new audiences arrives as people around the world grow increasingly annoyed by jellyfish blooms, in which vast swarms of jellyfish seem to appear out of nowhere. David Adam, Smithsonian, "To Make Jellyfish More Appetizing, Add Light and Sound Effects to the Dining Experience," 12 July 2019 The thing about heat exhaustion is that its symptoms don’t just strike out of nowhere. Anna Borges, SELF, "How to Spot Heat Exhaustion Because, Wow, It's Freaking Hot Outside," 12 July 2019 Sloan came out of nowhere, stabbed a man who was seated on the ground and leaning against a building at Northwest Glisan Street and Northwest Third Avenue about 9 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a probable cause affidavit., "Man stabbed in chest in unprovoked attack in Portland’s Old Town, police say," 12 July 2019 Vance McDonald came out of nowhere last season to finish with 610 yards in Pittsburgh. Jonas Shaffer,, "AFC North position rankings: Browns offense brimming with talent, but Ravens have made gains," 10 July 2019 Lightfoot is a political outsider, who seemingly came out of nowhere to suddenly become mayor. Dahleen Glanton,, "Column: Unless Chicago’s crime problem dramatically improves, Superintendent Eddie Johnson will have to go," 10 July 2019 Much like John Daly shook the links with his out-of-nowhere victory at the 1991 PGA Championship. Tad Reeve, Twin Cities, "Tad Reeve: Longtime friends share 3M Open’s spotlight," 8 July 2019 After arriving seemingly out of nowhere to record one of the best rookie seasons by a Giants pitcher in franchise history, Rodríguez was expected to become a top-of-the-rotation anchor in his second year with the club. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "What’s led to Dereck Rodríguez’s sudden decline and what Giants believe will fix it," 1 July 2019 Her run for state House last year and run for Congress this year didn't come out of nowhere. Scott Wartman,, "'We need to step up.' Air Force pilot, daughter of immigrants launches campaign against Steve Chabot," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Thames was an out-of-nowhere slugger for the Brewers in 2017, then fell out of favor in 2018, ceding the first base position to a similarly out-of-nowhere Jesus Aguilar. Michael Beller,, "Jeff McNeil's Fantasy Stock on the Rise," 2 July 2019 Plenty of people know Muncy’s out-of-nowhere story. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Xander Bogaerts, Max Muncy among the biggest MLB All-Star Game snubs," 26 June 2019 That left Canadian oil with nowhere to go, filling up storage tanks and sending prices to record lows. Anchorage Daily News, "Canada pushes ahead on oil pipeline carrying Alberta oil to port in Vancouver," 19 June 2019 Beth Edwards Ramona planners participate During a wildfire in the backcountry, one scary scenario on state Route 67 foretells a gridlocked graveyard where people in cars trying to flee will be trapped with nowhere to go. Ramona Sentinel, "SANDAG’s transit plan draws protests," 12 June 2019 There was nowhere to go, nowhere to penetrate, leaving the 76ers pondering major changes over the summer. Bruce Jenkins,, "Kawhi Leonard, Raptors seize Game 4, presenting a dark prospect for Warriors," 7 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Sean Longstaff cropped out of seemingly nowhere to impress for Newcastle in 2018/19, making a string of fine performances before having his season cut short through injury., "Transfer Rumours: Stoke Eye Up Hart, Wolves Rule Out Rondon, Man Utd Lead Race for Fernandes & More," 14 June 2019 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

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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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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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something desired as essential

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