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know-nothing

[noh-nuhth-ing] /ˈnoʊˌnʌθ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
an ignorant or totally uninformed person; ignoramus.
2.
an agnostic.
3.
(initial capital letters) U.S. History. a member of a political party (American party or Know-Nothing party) prominent from 1853 to 1856, whose aim was to keep control of the government in the hands of native-born citizens: so called because members originally professed ignorance of the party's activities.
4.
a person whose anti-intellectualism, xenophobia, and other political attitudes recall the Know-Nothings.
adjective
5.
grossly ignorant; totally uninformed.
6.
7.
(initial capital letters) of or pertaining to the Know-Nothings.
8.
of or pertaining to a political know-nothing.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25
Related forms
know-nothingism, noun

American party

noun
1.
See under know-nothing (def 3).
Also called Know-Nothing party.
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British Dictionary definitions for know-nothing party

know-nothing

noun
1.
(informal, derogatory) an ignorant person
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