Definition of nowhere in English:



  • Not in or to any place; not anywhere.

    ‘plants and animals found nowhere else in the world’
    ‘the constable was nowhere to be seen’
    • ‘Such self-satisfaction and optimism have nowhere been more on display than in the financial media.’
    • ‘Gambling has been an important part of our national experience and nowhere is it more evident than in our military history.’
    • ‘Even people who usually have three or four parties to go to were invited nowhere or purposely decided to stay in.’
    • ‘This was a strategic reality that had nowhere been intimated during the armistice of 1989-91.’
    • ‘Secondly I note you nowhere provide any argument for why we - the taxpayers - should fund these disastrous lifestyle choices.’
    • ‘The next morning, Damien and Jim are nowhere to be found.’
    • ‘But the bold claims of cable infomercials are nowhere heard in the halls of science.’
    • ‘The undergrowth was, in places, thick, but nowhere impenetrable.’
    • ‘As is the case with UK law, the aims of Community policy are nowhere encapsulated in its legislative provisions.’
    • ‘You could be living anywhere or nowhere and not at the end of a very sick River Murray.’
    • ‘He later extended his methods to study the Koch curves which are continuous everywhere but nowhere differentiable.’
    • ‘But nowhere will he be missed more than in the offices of the ‘Western People’.’
    • ‘Pre-born humans are, so far as conscious experience is concerned, nowhere.’
    • ‘I was not behaving very sensibly, but nowhere had I experienced such a nauseating attitude to girls as in the last throes of Franco's sick and dying Spain.’
    • ‘In particular, the Regulation covers the families of EC workers, which are nowhere mentioned in the Treaty.’
    • ‘The mere ‘power politician’ may get strong effects, but actually his work leads nowhere and is senseless.’
    • ‘I have checked Oxley's reports and nowhere do they mention that 100 Aborigines or twenty Europeans were killed.’
    • ‘With nowhere left to run, Massood's margin for error is very thin.’
    • ‘Above all, we offer our students something that exists almost nowhere else in academia - a huge amount of one to one time.’
    • ‘But nowhere are the vitality and virtues of his boyhood locality celebrated more compellingly than in this novel about a national nightmare.’


  • 1No place.

    ‘there was nowhere for her to sit’
    ‘there's nowhere better to experience the wonders of the Pyrenees’
    • ‘Other factors in the sparrow's decline are modern buildings that offer nowhere to nest, an increase in the number of cats, and changes in farming practices.’
    • ‘The torrential rain and widespread flooding left nowhere untouched.’
    • ‘There are currently more than 40 beds blocked by patients who are well enough to leave the ward, but have nowhere suitable to go.’
    • ‘It was mooted in Sheffield and nowhere suitable could be found because of protests from local business people.’
    • ‘Otherwise we will suffer a similar a fate to that experienced by the boatpeople - adrift, unwanted and with nowhere to call home.’
    • ‘Last year, doctors declared him well enough to be discharged but the family home in Aldermoor was unsuitable and nowhere big enough could be found.’
    • ‘Its forced departure, prior to any demolition work, will leave people in Wimbledon with nowhere spacious to sit and eat their Big Macs.’
    • ‘Customer and student Natalie Darby said: ‘There's nowhere else to get such good food.’’
    • ‘The peasants of Baimiao Town and Tienqiao Village in Linquan County had nowhere left to turn to, but they did not rebel.’
    • ‘Her own students and other children in the area had nowhere to gain ensemble experience and it was too far to travel to Sydney so she began her own local string group.’
    • ‘That, and the fact that means there has been almost no new council housing built in the past 20 years, there is virtually nowhere affordable to live.’
    • ‘People inexplicably disappear, and families with nowhere else to go make their homes in the cold and crumbled concrete.’
    • ‘There's nowhere for them to go although Amber is trying to place these young men and women.’
    • ‘Experience shows that nowhere is too small to host activities against the war.’
    • ‘Our normal condition of life is that we have nowhere decent to live and we are frequently stopped and searched or arrested.’
    • ‘A postcode lottery of legal aid is leaving desperate people with nowhere to turn for help on problems such as homelessness and domestic violence.’
    • ‘A group of Farnhill mums, fed up with having nowhere for their children to play, have got together to raise money to update an ageing play area in the village.’
    • ‘It leaves some coach drivers with nowhere to park, aimlessly driving round the airport until their passengers appear outside the terminal.’
    • ‘She added: ‘I do feel sorry for the residents but there's nowhere else to park.’’
    • ‘Ah, you will say, but if publishers don't bother with small fry, then eventually they will run out of big fry, because the big fry will have nowhere to learn their trade.’
  • 2A place that is remote, uninteresting, or nondescript.

    ‘a stretch of road between nowhere and nowhere’
    • ‘Talking would lead her nowhere and nowhere was where she did not want to be.’
    • ‘Seems any of my participation so far is leading nowhere.’
    • ‘Usually, teams that come out of nowhere go back to nowhere the next season, but the Chargers are solid.’
    • ‘The good scenes start strong and go nowhere, but most scenes in this film start nowhere and wander off into nothingness.’
    • ‘Nothing leads to nothing, Nowhere stretches to nowhere.’
    • ‘Far behind them, a cold, dead planet spun through space on a straight line path that led from nowhere to nowhere among the stars.’
    • ‘Cameron stood on the porch, looking out into nowhere, feeling particularly cowardly and ineffectual.’
    • ‘In some of his writings he describes this emptiness as the nowhere from which joy emerges without a cause and the nowhere to which it returns.’


  • [attributive] Having no prospect of progress or success.

    ‘a nowhere job’
    • ‘Living in a nowhere rural town in snowbound Montana, he appears ready to break himself.’
    • ‘And technically everyone gets out of Socrendien, everyone gets out of this nowhere land.’
    • ‘Both these fine actors should have refused the nowhere script of Undisputed.’
    • ‘The more northerly reaches on their charts had always been regarded as nowhere places, including Shalisa Creek Bay.’
    • ‘He's a real nowhere man.’
    • ‘Test's foot injury got him one more main event slot, rather than a nowhere feud with the Dudleyz.’
    • ‘The first guy got out; the second stuck around so we could drag out a nowhere relationship for a while longer.’
    • ‘The two men had a beautiful home out near the Rocky Moutains, in a beautiful and quaint nowhere town.’
    • ‘It's in some pound in the middle of industrial hell nowhere zone, miles away, and it's going to cost £190 to get it back.’
    • ‘As California's state capital, it has long been viewed as a nowhere land of lawyers and lobbyists.’
    • ‘To give a very small example of a loose end that bothered me, what does Seb mean when he says ‘you worked the nowhere vases’?’
    • ‘I wait for the pickpocket children to come flocking, but this is a little nowhere station, and it's too early.’
    • ‘I just like to trick my friends into remaining nowhere losers like myself.’
    • ‘Norm chartered a Leer-jet for a trip to a nowhere airport in North Texas, and he thought he needed a cover story.’
    • ‘One of the kids angrily asks how often it is that they get a suicide in this nowhere town.’
    • ‘Home was often a nowhere place, and identities were confused and reliant on legislation and mediation.’


  • be (or come) nowhere

    • Be badly beaten or completely unsuccessful.

      ‘as historical recreation the film was interesting, as cinema it was nowhere’
      • ‘Soon after a few rounds of counting, he realised that he was nowhere in the race.’
      • ‘Keane was nowhere, producing one of his most disappointing performances in a big game for United.’
      • ‘We are told that football is a tough, competitive sport; winning is everything and second is nowhere.’
  • from (or out of) nowhere

    • Appearing or happening suddenly and unexpectedly.

      ‘they came from nowhere to win in the last three strokes of the race’
      • ‘We felt rather unglamorous compared to the beautiful local girls who seemed to appear from nowhere at nightfall.’
      • ‘Every town has a few black spots where rubbish seems to appear from nowhere.’
      • ‘Some photographers appeared from nowhere and fired off a load of shots.’
      • ‘It is an illness which can just hit you out of nowhere and suddenly your energy is gone.’
      • ‘They appear almost out of nowhere, cover the city, and mutate as they spread.’
      • ‘Suddenly, out of nowhere, there were these localised waves of eight to 10 feet high.’
      • ‘One day the lad was walking through the forest when a strange man appeared out of nowhere.’
      • ‘Suddenly Burton appeared from nowhere by shoving Abbey out the way.’
      • ‘Such plant life seems to appear out of nowhere when the snow and ice recede.’
      • ‘A niece had suddenly appeared from nowhere and said that it was a disgrace that her uncle had been neglected.’
  • get (or go) nowhere

    • Make no progress.

      ‘he'll get nowhere with her, he's too young’
      • ‘In 2001, his administration produced a comprehensive plan that went nowhere.’
      • ‘This time around, though, the appeal went nowhere.’
      • ‘Provincial officials held talks with industry leaders but the talks went nowhere, said Tom Hickey of the Insurance Brokers Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.’
      • ‘European offers to reconstruct the justice system went nowhere.’
      • ‘The president's proposed Social Security reform went nowhere.’
      • ‘A similar deal was announced last weekend but went nowhere.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the American-Japanese negotiations went nowhere.’
      • ‘For instance there are stairs that go nowhere and hallways that go nowhere.’
      • ‘For the Tories, the depressing news is that they are going nowhere when they need to be making progress.’
      • ‘My arguments about doctor's orders went nowhere.’
  • get someone nowhere

    • Be of no use or benefit to someone.

      ‘being angry would get her nowhere’
      • ‘The message was clear: violence gets you nowhere and the state will not compromise with those who threaten its citizens.’
      • ‘My attempts to sort this out took 18 months and got me nowhere.’
      • ‘Ten years of trying to make it in the music industry had got him nowhere.’
      • ‘The fence alone has already cost the council upwards of £20,000 and has got us nowhere.’
      • ‘In the end, the IRA gave up bombing because it got them nowhere.’
      • ‘Realising that deprivation was getting him nowhere, the Buddha broke his fast and ate (at which point the small following of disciples who had gathered round him left in disgust at what they perceived as weakness).’
      • ‘We've already had an inquest and court cases, and investigations and it's got us nowhere.’
      • ‘When this got him nowhere, he took the matter to court.’
      • ‘Since research was getting them nowhere, they decided to follow the last clue they had: the piece of paper with the address.’
      • ‘In my experience, a negative attitude gets you nowhere.’
  • lead nowhere

    • Fail to progress or succeed.

      ‘their investigations often lead nowhere’
      • ‘Rather than admit the review has led nowhere, the government is set to shift the focus on to underage drinkers.’
      • ‘This line of argument leads nowhere.’
      • ‘The majority of the discussions lead nowhere.’
      • ‘Further arguing of his case led nowhere.’
      • ‘This story is not only interrupted several times, but leads nowhere.’
      • ‘They lose interest in the dialogue because it leads nowhere.’
  • the middle of nowhere

    • informal

      the back of beyond, the backwoods, the wilds, the hinterland, a backwater
      the back country, the backblocks, the booay
      the backveld, the platteland
      the boondocks, the boonies, the tall timbers
      woop woop, beyond the black stump
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    • informal A place that is very remote.

      ‘we got lost in the middle of nowhere’
      • ‘Then it occurred to me that my eyes could have been playing tricks on me, and that I could be in a bit of trouble if I'd summoned an ambulance and the police into the middle of nowhere on the whim of my sub-conscious.’
      • ‘Take her for a drive into the middle of nowhere and leave her there.’
      • ‘So off I went to bus out to the middle of nowhere to pick up the textbooks - I have now been to every single possible location at which professors will order books or course packs.’
      • ‘In a similar spirit, you might not expect to find an impressive repository of underground art and comics in a place that most city folks would consider the middle of nowhere.’
      • ‘As I got older, and could drive, I would take long day-trips to the middle of nowhere and just sit and stare at a tree or flower for an hour or so before driving back home.’
      • ‘I mean, it really is the middle of nowhere - especially coming from London.’
      • ‘In the middle of nowhere, as long as you have a 56k internet connection, you can call from your laptop to any phone in the world for pennies.’
      • ‘The next scene following is of a school bus filled with athletes, traveling (who would have guessed?) through the middle of nowhere, celebrating after a team victory.’
      • ‘If I wasn't so slow, I might have been able to avoid a huge, sharp sword sticking out from the middle of nowhere, just conveniently pointing at my chest.’
      • ‘We weave our way in and out of mangrove islands, and past sticks protruding oddly from what seems like the middle of nowhere.’
      the back of beyond, the backwoods, the wilds, the hinterland, a backwater
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  • nowhere near

    • Not nearly.

      ‘he's nowhere near as popular as he used to be’
      • ‘He wasn't satisfied with that, though, oh no, nowhere near satisfied with that.’
      • ‘They enjoy nowhere near as much support in Scotland as they do in England.’
      • ‘My father lost his job and the dole payment was minute - nowhere near enough to live on.’
      • ‘What one thinks is certainly important, but nowhere near as important as how one thinks.’
      • ‘Thursday night was nowhere near as bad as what I had thought it would be.’
      • ‘The evidence for a causal link between video games and violence is nowhere near as solid as Grossman maintains.’
      • ‘The point is, there's nowhere near enough of this kind of high class entertainment.’
      • ‘It was pretty good, although nowhere near as tasty as the dinner Jenny and Stefan made for us.’
      • ‘Kenny is nowhere near having a settled team for what is the biggest task of his managerial career.’
      • ‘It is still quite a big car, although nowhere near as heavy, and offers plenty of ride performance and comfort.’
      off target, off the mark, wide of the mark, wide of the target, inaccurate, off course, astray, nowhere near, out
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  • a road to nowhere

    • A situation or course of action offering no prospects of progress or advancement.

      • ‘Only time will judge whether the team is on a road to nowhere.’
      • ‘Having been part of a few meandering relationships in recent years, that have ultimately been a trip on a road to nowhere, I'm not counting on anything just yet.’
      • ‘I considered traveling again but I was worried that it was literally a road to nowhere.’
      • ‘Once headed down a road to nowhere, Eddie George has turned into one of the true titans of the league’
      • ‘Trouble is, such arrogance can lead just as quickly to a player heading off down a road to nowhere.’
      • ‘But they have been so busy becoming politicians they know nothing about anything and are leading us on a road to nowhere.’
      • ‘When it comes to the quality of our democracy we are traveling on a road to nowhere.’
      • ‘I think Chris is on a road to nowhere with this one, partly because how you view Chomsky's assertion depends to a great extent on which evidence you accept and how much weight you attach to it, but mainly because I think he's wrong.’
      • ‘Sandy Moffat (Seven Days, November 26) posed the question: is art on a road to nowhere?’
      • ‘Short-term advantage for factory or farmer is a road to nowhere.’


Old English nāhwǣr (see no, where).