shouldn't

contraction

ˈshu̇-dᵊnt How to pronounce shouldn't (audio)
-dᵊn,
 dialectal also  ˈshu̇-tᵊn(t),
 or  ˈshu̇nt
: should not

Word History

First Known Use

1675, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shouldn't was in 1675

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Cite this Entry

“Shouldn't.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shouldn%27t. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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shouldn't

: should not

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