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nowhere

[noh-hwair, -wair]
adverb
1.
in or at no place; not anywhere: The missing pen was nowhere to be found.
2.
to no place: We went nowhere last weekend.
noun
3.
the state of nonexistence or seeming nonexistence: A gang of thieves appeared from nowhere.
4.
anonymity or obscurity: She came from nowhere to win the championship.
5.
an unknown, remote, or nonexistent place or region.
adjective Informal.
6.
being or leading nowhere; pointless; futile: to be stuck in a nowhere job.
7.
worthless or useless: That's a nowhere idea if I ever heard one.
Idioms
8.
miles from nowhere, in a remote, isolated, or inaccessible area.
9.
nowhere near, not nearly: There's nowhere near enough food to go around.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English (adv.); Old English nāhwǣr, nōhwǣr. See no1, where


See anyplace.
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nowhere (ˈnəʊˌwɛə)
 
adv
1.  in, at, or to no place; not anywhere
2.  informal get nowhere, get nowhere fast to fail completely to make any progress
3.  nowhere near far from; not nearly
 
n
4.  a nonexistent or insignificant place
5.  middle of nowhere a completely isolated, featureless, or insignificant place

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nowhere
O.E. nahwær; see no + where. Similar constructions were attempted with nowhat (1530) and nowhen (1764), but they failed to take hold and remain nonce words.
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