Definition of never mind in English:

never mind


  • 1Used to urge someone not to worry.

    ‘never mind—it's all right now’
    • ‘But never mind, we are not worrying about the logic as we work through all of this.’
    • ‘Hoping N, R and A will still come, but never mind, the important thing is that It will be the Return of £1 a pint Night and me and MH's nights at the pub watching the Football!’
    don't apologize, forget it, don't worry about it, it doesn't matter, don't mention it, it's unimportant
    don't bother about, pay no attention to, don't worry about, don't concern yourself with, disregard, forget, don't take into consideration, don't give a second thought to, don't think twice about
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  • 2Used in refusing to answer a question.

    ‘never mind where I'm going’
    • ‘And I didn't want to go to the pokey for - well, never you mind what I could go to the pokey for.’
    • ‘My husband and I have been voluntarily using them to set a germ-free example, and it's not all that bad, especially if you use the kind with the oh, never you mind!’
    • ‘He's got his own problems, never you mind.’
    • ‘I am now starting my second summer in Waco, doing well, never you mind what I'm doing.’
  • 3Used to indicate that what has been said of one thing applies even more to another.

    ‘he found it hard to think, never mind talk’
    • ‘Pushing ahead with any such plans would have led the health minister into direct conflict with thousands of parents - never mind the Catholic Church, which provides a third of the schooling in Scotland.’
    • ‘As it happens, in the essays on my work and on Vatican II, there is not the slightest indication that the author wishes to be corrected, never mind to be proved wrong.’
    • ‘I've floated back and forth between my computer and the television for nearing three hours now and I still haven't thought of anything coherent, never mind intelligent, to say.’
    • ‘I can barely pick up the courage to speak to other students, never mind a £4m rated football player.’
    • ‘With barely 4% of our population in Scotland going broadband, we are already slipping well behind south-east England, never mind the rest of Europe.’
    • ‘What would have been appropriate for a 1960s flower-power couple is probably not what a Victorian family would have had in mind, never mind a child of the 21st century.’
    • ‘On Saturday, though, an impatient Stade de France crowd realised there was still work to be done if Les Bleus were to become Six Nations - never mind world - champions.’
    • ‘Hazarding a look up, I forget to breathe, never mind the coffee thing.’
    • ‘Have we really forgotten that domestic consumption can fluctuate, never mind that there might be such a phenomenon as an economic cycle?’
    • ‘But he has now gone seven years without the world championship and has not indicated a serious intention to wind down, never mind quit.’