Definition of never mind in US English:

never mind


  • 1Used to urge someone not to feel anxiety or distress.

    ‘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’
    • ‘He's got his own problems, never you mind.’
    • ‘And I didn't want to go to the pokey for - well, never you mind what I could go to the pokey for.’
    • ‘I am now starting my second summer in Waco, doing well, never you mind what I'm doing.’
    • ‘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!’
  • 3Used to indicate that what has been said of one thing applies even more to another.

    ‘he was so tired that he found it hard to think, never mind talk’
    • ‘I can barely pick up the courage to speak to other students, never mind a £4m rated football player.’
    • ‘Hazarding a look up, I forget to breathe, never mind the coffee thing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But he has now gone seven years without the world championship and has not indicated a serious intention to wind down, never mind quit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Have we really forgotten that domestic consumption can fluctuate, never mind that there might be such a phenomenon as an economic cycle?’
    • ‘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.’