Main definitions of no in English

: no1No2No3

no1

determiner

  • 1Not any:

    ‘there is no excuse’
    ‘no two plants are alike’
    1. 1.1 Used to indicate that something is quite the opposite of what is being specified:
      ‘it was no easy task persuading her’
      ‘Toby is no fool’
    2. 1.2 Hardly any:
      ‘you'll be back in no time’
    3. 1.3 Used in notices or slogans forbidding or rejecting something specified:
      ‘No Smoking signs’
      ‘no nukes’

exclamation

  • 1Used to give a negative response:

    ‘‘Is anything wrong?’ ‘No.’’
    no indeed, absolutely not, most certainly not, of course not, under no circumstances, by no means, not at all, negative, never, not really, no thanks
    nae
    nope, nah, not on your life, no way
    no fear, not on your nelly
    no siree
    naw
    nay
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    1. 1.1 Expressing disagreement or contradiction:
      ‘‘This is boring.’ ‘No, it's not!’’
    2. 1.2 Expressing agreement with or affirmation of a negative statement:
      ‘they would never cause a fuss, oh no’
    3. 1.3 Expressing shock or disappointment:
      ‘oh no, look at this!’

adverb

  • 1[with comparative] Not at all; to no extent:

    ‘they were no more able to perform the task than I was’
  • 2Scottish Not:

    ‘I'll no be a minute’

noun

  • A negative answer or decision, especially in voting:

    ‘he was unable to change his automatic yes to a no’
    • ‘Since then, we've been arguing - sometimes bitterly - about the church's yeses and the noes to modernity and the liberal heritage.’
    • ‘Super-optimists suggest that, perhaps with some changes and reassurance from European leaders, the noes might be turned into yeses, like water into wine.’
    • ‘The French noes and the British noes are the most incompatible of all.’
    • ‘‘Yes’ may be easier on them in the short term, but a few more noes are far more effective in the long term.’
    • ‘At the time of writing the score was four yeses (US, UK, Spain and Bulgaria) to five noes (France, Russia, China, Germany and Syria) with six doubtful.’
    • ‘Perhaps the editor feels that as a leading member of the ‘traditional left’ on Labour's national Executive, the critique of his string of noes runs a little close to home?’
    • ‘If one goes to the application book, volume 1, page 23, line 30, it can be seen that it is recorded that the result of the division, this is on the second reading: ayes 14 and noes 13.’
    • ‘For, among many other things, the French and Dutch votes were also noes to the consequences of enlargement and to the prospect of further enlargements.’
    rejection, refusal, veto, no, negation, rebuff, disapproval, turning down, turndown, non-acceptance, declining, dismissal, spurning, cold shoulder, cold-shouldering, snub, snubbing
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Phrases

  • no can do

    • informal I am unable to do it.

      • ‘I've tried to compromise with him, but no can do, he loves his mommy too much.’
      • ‘Sorry, no can do, they're contaminated with asbestos.’
      • ‘‘Sorry, no can do,’ I laughed cheerfully, grabbing his arm and pulling him to his feet before he had a chance to protest.’
      • ‘Sorry, but no can do, you've seen us, it's not safe for either of us to part company.’
      • ‘‘He told me to let go, and I said, ‘Sorry, kid, no can do.’’
      • ‘‘Hmm… tempting, very tempting,’ Pearl mocked, ‘but no can do.’’
      • ‘Oh, no can do, sweetheart, I'm booked up until - let's see - next Tuesday.’
      • ‘Soon I have a crowd forming, and people jumping onto the other set of pads to try to beat me… but no can do, I am invincible!’
      • ‘‘Sorry missy, no can do, go home,’ he said pointing at the elevator.’
      • ‘Ooh, Thursday, no can do, mom's home tonight and Bruce is making dinner.’
  • the noes have it

    • The negative votes are in the majority.

      • ‘Add me to the mix, and the noes have it.’
      • ‘The noes have it and the amendment is lost.’
      • ‘The Chair must state whether the ayes or the noes have it and, if a member challenges the Chair's opinion, the question must be decided by a division.’
      • ‘If the noes have it, then that is what most expect.’
  • no less

    • 1Used to suggest, often ironically, that something is surprising or impressive:

      ‘Peter cooked dinner—fillet steak and champagne, no less’
      • ‘Having scooped a major award, covered by the Times no less, neither paper has said a thing about this!’
      • ‘So it wants a legal framework to bring about the industrialisation of drug production, no less.’
      • ‘Our route took us to the village of West Lilling and involved a climb to 100 feet no less.’
      • ‘Impending parenthood is a fertile time for dreams, no less for fathers than for mothers.’
      • ‘Day three took us to a site no less impressive, aptly named Mysterious Lagoon.’
      • ‘Among the many highlights of the Craft Fair will be the arrival of Santa by boat no less.’
      • ‘It felt like aeons before she said we were on, and then furnished us with VIP passes no less!’
      • ‘I justify my call with reference to the philosophy of a former Warden of Wadham, no less.’
      1. 1.1Used to emphasize a surprisingly large amount:
        ‘no less than eight people died’
        • ‘On Easter Sunday there are no less than three helpings of jazz in York.’
        • ‘During his long association with the club, Parkes performed the role on no less than six separate occasions.’
        • ‘That test has been applied in this Court on no less than eight subsequent occasions.’
        • ‘A global race is under way as no less than four separate research teams compete to make archaeological history.’
        • ‘That song was picked up by Chris Evans and played no less than three times on his radio show in one sitting.’
        • ‘Another city drawing inspiration from the past is Coventry, with no less than 26 twins.’
        • ‘A decade later there were no less than four churches, as well as a public school and post office.’
        • ‘If you include the doll made in his likeness, there are no less than six incarnations of Pekar in the film.’
        • ‘After all, in their case, the plate on their car could amount to no less than one third of the price of the car.’
        • ‘Within two days of the departure of Davies, Nevin had written no less than 33 names into his notepad.’
        at the minimum, no less than, not less than
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  • no longer

    • Not now as formerly; not any more:

      ‘they no longer live here’
      • ‘Next time you feel a little peckish try water first you may find that you are no longer hungry.’
      • ‘Thank goodness that we live in an age when we no longer have to suffer unnecessarily.’
      • ‘First, the working class and the oppressed can no longer go on living in the old way.’
      • ‘After all, they are the ones who have forgotten that we no longer live by the law of the jungle.’
      • ‘He also raised the question of what would happen when it was no longer needed by the family.’
      • ‘We all know how annoying it can be to receive post for people who no longer live at our address.’
      • ‘She can no longer live on her own, and has been forced to live in a residential care home.’
      • ‘Sorry to have to let you know that Steve is no longer living with us and I am now a single mum.’
      • ‘He said the situation had become so bad that he could no longer find anyone else to work in the shop.’
      • ‘Depending on who buys it, it could mean the public no longer has access to the house.’
  • no man

    • No person; no one.

      • ‘All you need is the will to blindly tread where no man has stooped before.’
      • ‘No inanimate object is safe from their affections; no man is safe from their put-downs.’
      • ‘It is a double that is 40 years old this year and which no man before or since has come close to matching.’
      • ‘Obviously, he's hiding in the Spurs trophy room, a desperately barren place where no man ever goes.’
      • ‘Now it seems pretty sure that no man alive in Wales, and very few in the UK, can rival his longevity.’
      • ‘It had the look of somewhere that no man has stood for many years.’
      • ‘The destruction of New Orleans was caused by a natural catastrophe over which no man had control.’
      • ‘Organic farming may not be all the solution - no man of complete sense, I believe, ever argued that it is.’
      • ‘Personally I was upset about it; no man should have legs as nice as that!’
      • ‘They say no man is a hero to his valet, and now we've all become valets.’
      nobody, not a soul, not anyone, not a person, not a single person, never a one, no man, none
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  • no more

    • 1Nothing further:

      ‘there was no more to be said about it’
      • ‘Guy began his battle with cancer five years ago and only 12 days before he died he was told there was no more that could be done.’
      • ‘She is leaving politics because she can do no more to enlighten us.’
      • ‘There is no more to write on this matter.’
      • ‘After several attempts at repair, they found there was no more that could be done.’
      • ‘Albright's death shocked many of us, not only with the surprise of it but with the realization that we'd hear no more from him as a composer.’
      • ‘I just saw the article in question, on which I have no more to add.’
      • ‘For the rest of the night, Elizabeth said no more and fell asleep in his arms.’
      • ‘Food was ruining every aspect of my life and I would simply eat until I could eat no more.’
      • ‘He apologised later in the team hotel and there was no more about it.’
      • ‘I'll say no more for fear of spoiling the fun, except that the twists don't alter the film's comic tone.’
    • 2No further:

      ‘you must have some hot soup, but no more wine’
      • ‘The shop assistant discovered she had not been given enough money, but the offender said she had no more cash.’
      • ‘As December passes, he has no more time for leisurely swims.’
      • ‘As far as the city council is concerned, we are trying to protect jobs in Sheffield and make sure no more jobs go.’
      • ‘Therefore no more illegal parking will be tolerated on Teeling street.’
      • ‘Hopefully, I can keep that going this season and have no more problems.’
      • ‘I said, with a smile, that I'd been buying them drinks all night so had no more money.’
      • ‘At least there's no more murder or illness, just a lot of love and light.’
      • ‘He went back to eating and no more conversation passed between the two, but Tobias was used to it.’
      • ‘So bravo Chile, but please no more expensive wines.’
      • ‘The boy's parents were dead and they could cause no more harm.’
    • 3Exist no longer:

      ‘the patch of ground was overgrown and the hut was no more’
      • ‘By the time he came back to office as Northern Ireland Secretary, the world he was used to was no more.’
      • ‘Skye's unbeaten home record, which was based on their performances in division one, is no more.’
      • ‘The once proud fell farmer is no more - his culture has long been under threat with collapse of prices.’
      • ‘There is a feeling that the Britain we have known has passed its sell-by date and may soon be no more.’
      • ‘It took a long time for it to sink in that the buildings were no more.’
      • ‘We'd originally drawn your attention to the gig in our feature last week but, alas, the event is no more.’
      • ‘Until a week ago, it looked as if the highly successful Swindon Jazz Festival was no more.’
      • ‘The farmers he had served so well were no more for they, too, had faded away through changing times.’
      • ‘Compton added that the booming business scene that once existed on the island was no more.’
      • ‘Farming was once common, but it is no more, and the gardens are a thing of the past.’
    • 4Never again:

      ‘mention his name no more to me’
      • ‘I once believed he was capable of an honourable peace with his enemy, but no more.’
      • ‘McConnell hath murdered sleep, and therefore shall sleep no more.’
      • ‘Then he thought he heard a voice say that he had killed sleep and that he would sleep no more because of his crime.’
      • ‘Father Flanagan Hall in the grounds of Summerhill College will no more echo to the sound of choirs from all over the world.’
      • ‘No more will the designer be restricted by equipment termination problems.’
      • ‘No more would they pay for wars that yielded so few returns.’
      • ‘Fun and frolic at these tourist spots will no more be a dream for Malayalis, especially those in the middle income group.’
      • ‘The parties, dances, feasts and gifts soon fell to a halt and no more did he praise her name.’
    • 5Neither:

      ‘I had no complaints and no more did Tom’
      • ‘The law could not create itself, but no more did he create it; it existed independent of his will, waiting for the light of reason to reveal.’
      • ‘If he was not a joint author, then no more was he a joint 'maker', the sole maker being Dr Edwards.’
  • no place

    • Nowhere.

      • ‘Sidewalk vendors who have no place to sell lunches and snacks have nowhere to turn.’
      • ‘She knew she was caught and there was no place to go but she was not going to go quietly.’
      • ‘There is no place that would be or should be immune from its influence and control.’
      • ‘At night, especially, you feel that no place on earth is so completely of its time.’
      • ‘They can see that in a few weeks down the road, they may have no place to bury their dead.’
      • ‘With plenty to do off the mountains, there is definitely no place like home.’
      • ‘We must buy or rent land and the building that sits upon it, or we have no place we can go.’
      • ‘He added that had any of the women he approached agreed to be photographed he had no place in mind to take them.’
      • ‘I had no connection to anything and it felt as though there was no place for me to fit.’
      • ‘There would be no place for those who say they want their British heritage.’
  • no sooner —— than

    • Used to convey that the second event mentioned happens immediately after the first:

      ‘she had no sooner spoken than the telephone rang’
      • ‘No sooner had they realized that they had made a mistake than the company went bankrupt.’
  • no through road

    • An indication that passage along a street is blocked or prohibited.

      • ‘Just before a sign: ‘Private No Entry’, take a path on the left, by a red waymarker: this comes after a sign indicating that there is no through road and no turning point.’
      • ‘There is no through road hereabouts and with minimal farming machinery to damage the well-maintained track the two mile climb up and along valley side was a smooth and head-up pleasure.’
      • ‘Several signs along the road warning of the danger of erosion and indicating that there was no through road were also so inadequate that they were illegal, the Hull inquest heard yesterday.’
      • ‘This is a village with a pub, but no through road - and no church.’
  • not take no for an answer

    • Persist in spite of refusals.

      • ‘Their boss (like most bosses) doesn't take no for an answer and is adamant they get the client or face being sacked.’
      • ‘Which I did, but he smiled at me and said that he didn't take no for an answer, literally dragging me out onto the dance floor.’
      • ‘Fill in a claim form ASAP and, if you believe your claim is genuine and falls within the terms of your policy, don't take no for an answer.’
      • ‘Their tactics aren't always nice - they agitate, they don't take no for an answer and sometimes they are confrontational.’
      • ‘I don't think that is going to be possible, she is so full of energy and doesn't take no for an answer.’
      • ‘I tell him all the time that I don't, but he doesn't take no for an answer.’
      • ‘After two weeks of seeing her like this he had finally demanded she go see a doctor and he didn't take no for an answer.’
      • ‘She didn't take no for an answer and insubordination was not tolerated.’
      • ‘And if he doesn't take no for an answer, come and tell me.’
      • ‘Mac simply doesn't take no for an answer and if anyone is looking for a debt-collector, he's your man!’
  • no two ways about it

    • Used to convey that there can be no doubt about something:

      ‘there's no two ways about it, it's marked us for life’
      • ‘One cleric told researchers: ‘There is no two ways about it, it has been very demoralising.’’
      • ‘She added: ‘It's been chaotic, there's no two ways about it.’’
      • ‘Soon after marriage, she realised that decisions regarding the area of interest for a woman ought to be made by herself and that there could be no two ways about it.’
      • ‘But without my helmet I would be dead, there's no two ways about it.’
      • ‘There's just no two ways about it - people who read Marcel Proust and Bertrand Russell instead of Entertainment Weekly actually do learn stuff…’
      • ‘There's no two ways about it, he wouldn't be here now if Lisa hadn't done what she did.’
      • ‘There are no two ways about it, you are there, or you are not.’
      • ‘I have been happy with the way things have started and there is no two ways about it - I want to end the season as the best bowler in the league.’
      • ‘At the moment it's a bit of a mourning process but he will definitely bounce back, no two ways about it.’
      • ‘‘There is no two ways about it, people view being able to access services seven days a week now as the norm and we believe that if we are going to do this, let's do it right,’ she said.’
  • no way

    • informal Under no circumstances; not at all:

      ‘You think she's alone? No way’
      • ‘Oh, no way. Who would fake being pregnant?’
      • ‘You can't be serious… no way… did you get me a car?’
  • no worries

    • informal All right; fine.

      • ‘But, no worries, the Europeans can continue to live with the current system that suits them so well.’
      • ‘It's fine, I am not going therein anyway, no worries I haven't seen hide nor hair of him.’
      • ‘In about two weeks I'll be back into again anyway, so no worries I guess, but kind of amusing all the same.’
      • ‘It's been a pretty mild winter so far generally speaking, so no worries, I like snow anyway.’
      • ‘We would have said cool, no worries, we'll keep living at our other place.’
      • ‘We can knock down a wall, tile a bathroom, strip a door, build a deck - no worries.’
      • ‘Kev said no worries, he'd be able to borrow one off our pal Little John.’
      • ‘American citizens with criminal records need to apply for a special permit, but no worries.’
      • ‘Oh well, that will soon pass, and it did so no worries there.’
      • ‘You can have something to eat, a couple of beers, no worries.’
  • or no

    • 1Or not:

      ‘she'd have ridden there, winter or no’
      • ‘But lest I be accused of favoring nuclear war, please take note that the consequences of nuclear war would be horrendous, nuclear winter or no.’
      1. 1.1Regardless of the specified thing:
        ‘recession or no recession there is always going to be a shortage of good people’
        • ‘Never ever from that day to this has anyone else looked after a child of mine when they were sick, new job or no new job.’
        • ‘Job or no job, life is just plain difficult in rural Kansas and Oklahoma..rural anywhere.’

Origin

Old English nō, nā (adverb), from ne ‘not’ + ō, ā ‘ever’. The determiner arose in Middle English (originally before words beginning with any consonant except h-), reduced from non, from Old English nān (see none).

Pronunciation:

no

/nəʊ/

Main definitions of no in English

: no1No2No3

No2

  • The chemical element nobelium.

Pronunciation:

No

/nəʊ/

Main definitions of no in English

: no1No2No3

No3

noun

  • variant spelling of Noh

Pronunciation:

No

/nəʊ/