Definition of no-account in English:

no-account

adjective

North American
informal
  • Of little or no importance, value, or use; worthless.

    ‘a series of no-account boyfriends’
    • ‘The degeneration of the proud self-sufficient savage into the shifty, no-account native is often as tragic as it is inevitable.’
    • ‘Also turning up to pay their last respects are Bud's sister Marguerite and her no-account son, Royce.’
    • ‘She cried for one of his no-account hoodlum friends, one whom she'd barely known at all.’
    • ‘He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.’
    • ‘West Topsham is a small no-account town just a few miles from the Northeast Kingdom.’
    • ‘What type of business truly gives away anything for free or hires lazy, no-account, unskilled employees?’
    • ‘Most promisingly of all, there is Jack Black, playing Shaun's no-account brother Lance.’
    • ‘She has no daughters, or daughters-in-law (unless you count the no-account woman her younger son is married to, which no one does), and only one sister, so I think she sort of misses out by not having a close female friend.’
    • ‘At one point I hear Charlie Robison's song ‘My Home Town ‘, where there is the part where he sings about being a no-account pipe-line bum who quit his job at the end of the week and took his check and ‘spent it all on pot‘.’
    • ‘But what else could I expect from a bunch of low-rent, no-account hoodlums like you?’
    • ‘Not in a negative way, but in the sense that she's almost reduced it to the status of a no-account irritation.’
    • ‘‘Hustling the Hustler’ brings in Buddy's no-account brother, and adds a convenient basement and pool table to the Petrie home.’
    • ‘They'll ask me what in the world I'm doing ride with a no-account cowboy and why didn't I wait for Brad.’
    • ‘As film historian Thomas Doherty notes, the ‘slanderous central conceit’ of High Noon was that ‘the Old West was packed with no-account yellow-bellies.’’
    • ‘Without such an advisor, of course, the bench could potentially become crowded with no-account Liberal hacks of no discernible talent or skill.’
    good-for-nothing, ne'er-do-well, useless, despicable, contemptible, base, low, vile, abject, debased, degraded, ignominious, mean, corrupt, villainous, depraved, degenerate, wretched, miserable, sorry, shiftless, feckless, incompetent
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noun

North American
informal
  • A person of little value or use.

    ‘I do not intend to let some no-account get his hands on my money’
    • ‘The foolish child married some no-account and got herself pregnant.’
    • ‘Well, Kane is a hero and a scoundrel, a no-account and a swell guy, a great lover, a great American citizen and a dirty dog.’
    • ‘Do you reckon I'm stupid enough to waste money on a no-account like you?’
    • ‘The hooks are less obvious, and the tales of castaways and hopeless no-accounts not nearly as prevalent.’
    • ‘But protecting the right of a people to run no-accounts out of office and to have a real voice in decisions that affect them is dear to US and Taiwanese hearts.’

Pronunciation

no-account

/ˈnōəˌkount//ˈnoʊəˌkaʊnt/