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[noh-noh] /ˈnoʊˌnoʊ/
noun, plural no-nos, no-no's. Informal.
anything that is forbidden or not advisable, as because of being improper or unsafe:
If you want to lose weight, rich desserts are a no-no.
Origin of no-no
1940-45, Americanism; reduplication of no1 Unabridged
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  • And with all the interest of their old days of intimacy she asked eagerly: "nono, is he handsome?"

    The Beloved Woman Kathleen Norris
  • "He's bitterly hurt this time, nono," said her aunt, gently.

    The Beloved Woman Kathleen Norris
  • nono: the lingering flames of the auto-da-fe are reserved for the Marquis dOrsini!

    Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf George W. M. Reynolds
  • (118b, 1), but with the alteration: nono anno ab inceptione religionis.

  • When they wish to pluck any flower or fruit from the tree, they ask permission from the nono or genius to pluck it.

  • Its awful mean to tell itbut Ive got myself to look out foroh, nono!

    The Luminous Face Carolyn Wells
  • nono; he considers that mystery adds to his strong hold upon me.

    Married Life John Baldwin Buckstone
  • Besides these, the botanists found the peeha and nono of Taheity; and two new plants, of the size of the common mulberry.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis Matthew Flinders
  • Poniotowsky put out his hand to help her, but she drew back from him, exclaiming violently: Oh, nono!

    The Girl From His Town Marie Van Vorst
  • At the ninth mile is the Ponte di nono, a magnificent old bridge with seven lofty arches of lapis-gabinus.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
British Dictionary definitions for nono


/Italian ˈnɔːno/
Luigi (luˈiːdʒi). 1924–90, Italian composer of 12-tone music
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Word Origin and History for nono



1942, from reduplication of no.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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