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nowhere

[noh-hwair, -wair] /ˈnoʊˌʰwɛər, -ˌwɛər/
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
1000
before 1000; Middle English (adv.); Old English nāhwǣr, nōhwǣr. See no1, where
Usage note
See anyplace.
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Examples for nowhere
  • nowhere is the scholarly community more real than at conferences and regional or national society meetings.
  • It was a blazing tropical morning in the middle of nowhere.
  • And they are nowhere near as compact or energy efficient.
  • nowhere on the agency's website is the valley mentioned.
  • nowhere is this clearer than in the game's art direction.
  • And while it's nowhere near a return to the go-go years preceding the recession, the moves represent a significant thaw.
  • Current rail projects will raise capacity substantially, by nowhere near that much.
  • Other canyons start where a spring sprouts from the base of a cliff as if out of nowhere.
  • nowhere is this clearer than in the laboratory with monkeys.
  • We are in the middle of nowhere but the center of everything.
British Dictionary definitions for nowhere

nowhere

/ˈnəʊˌwɛə/
adverb
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
noun
4.
a nonexistent or insignificant place
5.
middle of nowhere, a completely isolated, featureless, or insignificant place
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Word Origin and History for nowhere
adv.

Old English nahwær "nowhere, not at all;" see no + where. Similar constructions were attempted with nowhat (1520s) and nowhen (1764), but they failed to take hold and remain nonce words.

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Slang definitions & phrases for nowhere

nowhere

adjective

Inferior; tedious; drab: If you're not with it, you're nowhere/ rows of folding chairs, nowheresville decor (1940+)

Related Terms

the middle of nowhere


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Idioms and Phrases with nowhere
In addition to the idiom beginning with
nowhere
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