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no-account

[noh-uh-kount] /ˈnoʊ əˌkaʊnt/ Informal.
adjective
1.
worthless; good-for-nothing; trifling.
noun
2.
a worthless person; good-for-nothing.
Also, no-count.
Origin of no-account
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism
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Examples from the Web for no-account
Historical Examples
  • "You'd better stay over there, you no-account Lothario," Hetty growled.

    Make Mine Homogenized Rick Raphael
  • When he was a boy, he seemed to be a no-account sort of a duck, some like you.

  • Ma Harper and her no-account husband, Claude, run an outdoor dance pavilion, but their income is derived from other sources too.

    Guilt of the Brass Thieves Mildred A. Wirt
  • Can't a low-down, no-account man like me even laugh where there's happiness?

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • Altogether he seemed to his neighbors a no-account little fellow, and they didn't have much to do with him.

    Mother West Wind "How" Stories Thornton W. Burgess
  • But I suppose you're afraid the no-account Count won't figure his life is worth thirty thousand dollars.

    Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad Edith Van Dyne
  • But do you know, we're getting to spend lots of money for little, no-account things.

    Peggy Raymond's Way Harriet Lummis Smith
  • The other two no-account chaps spotted their captain, and began to move slowly towards us.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • It was ever so: at the moment of triumph comes the fall, and the royal Queen becomes the no-account nursery child.

    Baby Jane's Mission Reginald Parnell
  • He hasn't got religion, but keeps a trunk full of no-account gods, believed in by ignorant persons.

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
British Dictionary definitions for no-account

no-account

adjective
1.
worthless; good-for-nothing
noun
2.
a worthless person
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Word Origin and History for no-account
adj.

"worthless," 1845, American English, literally "of no account" (see account (n.)). The phrase of non acompte "of no value or importance" is from late 14c. Contracted form no'count is attested from 1853.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for no-account

no-account

adjective

Worthless; untrustworthy; incorrigible: I'm a lazy no-account bum (1845+)

noun

: A no-count that never did a right thing in his life

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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