no·​wheres·​ville ˈnō-ˌ(h)werz-ˌvil How to pronounce nowheresville (audio)
: nowhere: such as
: a location lacking identifying or individualizing qualities
: a place or state denoting failure or relative obscurity
a career heading towards nowheresville

Examples of nowheresville in a Sentence

after years of languishing in nowheresville, she started to make it really big in the art world
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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nowheresville was in 1917

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Cite this Entry

“Nowheresville.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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