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Used to express a negative reply, frequently passing into interjection; = "no [interjection]". Also occasionally as adjective: = "no".
Early 19th century. Representing a colloquial or regional pronunciation of now<br>late 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Holland (1829–1893). Representing a colloquial or regional pronunciation of no [interjection].
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