Definition of no-name in English:

no-name

adjective

North american
  • 1(of a product) having no brand name.

    ‘cheap, no-name cigarettes’
    • ‘It seems that no matter how much action is going on, the sound effects and music are always clear (even with my no-name soundcard).’
    • ‘What actually differentiates no-name clothes from brand-name items?’
    • ‘The irony is that HP's machines, while designed in the US, are almost entirely made in Taiwan, as are pretty much all of the world's big-brand and no-name notebook computers.’
    • ‘If it wasn't no-name or on sale, it stayed at the store.’
    • ‘The greater contrast ratio and panel quality over a no-name brand means that gamers are going to be far happier with their purchase, and games will be a heck of a lot more enjoyable when you can see what you're doing.’
    • ‘They knew their product line, no-name ink-jet cartridges, was a commodity, so service would make or break the business.’
    • ‘Fung argues that cost-conscious shoppers will be more inclined to buy no-name jeans when mortgage payments, not stock market tips, become the priority of the day.’
    • ‘They already produce almost all of the world's notebooks, for no-name brands as well as the usual suspects.’
    • ‘However, most of the time no-name products give you the best bargain - and they are not necessarily inferior.’
    • ‘When brands first became important in the US a century ago, it was because particular products - Pillsbury flour or Morton salt - offered far more reliability and quality than no-name goods.’
    • ‘Based on experience, I would avoid no-name bargains.’
    • ‘Personally, I think the ideal wardrobe should have a good balance of brand-name and no-name items.’
    • ‘I scanned the narrow, shallow selection of no-name pain relievers for mouth, teeth and gums.’
    • ‘With their presence, there's basically no reason to buy no-name pedals (which aren't much cheaper and suffer a myriad of release issues).’
    • ‘Users are currently faced with expensive-seeming ‘official’ cartridges or cheaper no-name alternatives that may not deliver comparable print quality or toner longevity.’
    1. 1.1(of a person) unknown, especially in a particular profession.
      ‘no-name, no-frills chefs’
      • ‘I love his ability to spot no-name players with big-time talent.’
      • ‘Then there was a no-name trainer who took over from the original trainer, who along with his wife was murdered by a stepson now serving 29 years in jail.’
      • ‘The majority of the movie takes place in a school bus full of no-name actors and actresses as football jocks and team cheerleaders.’
      • ‘Granted, I didn't expect too much from most of the no-name cast, but the stars of the cast were obviously doing nothing more than going through the motions.’
      • ‘In Adventures of a No Name Actor, the self-styled no-name actor, Marco Perella, loves his craft, but does not take himself or celebrity culture seriously.’
      • ‘Along with a performance by Karen herself, there's also a talented no-name jazz outfit that she's recruited for the night.’
      • ‘That's the most powerful man in the US House of Representatives saying that, not some no-name preacher from Arkansas.’
      • ‘The no-name girl got into the SUV and slid across the leather seat.’
      • ‘If you're a no-name author and she decides that she loves your book and she puts it in her book club, you are going to be on the best sellers list.’
      • ‘The two fought for what seemed like forever, Eduardo punching furiously, and the no-name girl slashing away.’
      • ‘The players in the offensive line are the no-name guys, but they have done a great job of protecting him.’
      • ‘Mirroring the South Side's rough-and-tumble image, the team consists mostly of scrappy, low-priced, no-name players.’
      • ‘Then, finally, there may emerge a new set of no-name bloggers or civilian reporters who turn into major sources because they happened to be at the scene and had the means of transmitting that exclusive information.’
      • ‘Bandleaders hire no-name designers to churn out a series of generic sketches.’
      • ‘Prisons are chock full of no-name average slobs who murdered a bunch of people by simply shooting them, so you should view a gun as nothing but a gateway to a world of boring mediocrity.’
      • ‘Considering the multi-billion-dollar industry pulp romance novels have become, a documentary on their popularity and the no-name writers who create them would seem warranted.’
      • ‘For several weeks afterward the no-name man got up around 3 a.m. each day to harvest grapefruits, oranges, soursop and so on, from trees that he had not planted.’
      • ‘I think this is the season we get to know a few of these no-name players.’
      • ‘I would have enjoyed staying at the party even later, but those ambitious little no-name starlets and studlets crammed into the place.’
      • ‘If this were a teen romantic comedy made in the United States by a no-name director, there would be one word used to describe a relationship that needy: pathetic.’
      • ‘To fill the void, we have Troy Miller, a veteran director of numerous ‘Real World’ TV episodes, and no-name actors Eric Christian Olsen and Derek Richardson.’

noun

North american
  • A person unknown in a particular profession.

    • ‘When they did call, they were usually no-names.’
    • ‘It's no fun watching a bunch of no-names fill the Busch fields.’
    • ‘A big name means a lot in politics, but some lesser no-names could be lurking beneath the radar in the 2008 presidential race.’
    • ‘The rotation is full of no-names, but they're young, they'll eat innings, and they'll keep the offense in games.’
    • ‘In part because the Pistons won the NBA championship with hard-working no-names last season, the summer has been a boom time for Bartelstein.’
    • ‘You stick with no-names like the woman at the well.’
    • ‘His coaching run in Orlando, which began with an overachieving group of no-names, was about to end very differently.’
    • ‘For the final two months of the season, the Hawks were an extremely overachieving and exciting bunch of no-names.’
    • ‘With a few exceptions, most of them are no-names, working behind the scenes and far from the public glare.’
    • ‘In fact it's a measure of the depth of the Royals that last Saturday's line up wasn't a bunch of no-names.’
    • ‘Pirates fans, looking on as their no-names struggle to compete in the N.L. Central, can be excused for holding a grudge.’
    • ‘When the Padres traded Gary Sheffield, Bruce Hurst, Tony Fernandez, and Fred McGriff for prospects and no-names in 1992 and 1993, fans turned away in droves.’
    • ‘Perhaps because most of the cast is made up of relative no-names, we shouldn't expect the caliber of their talent to be very high, but more of the blame for the poor performances can be laid at the director's feet.’
    • ‘That's a fiction you can't sustain with a roster full of rookies and no-names.’
    • ‘He's just signed on to play Darren in an updated version of the titular '60s sitcom - under the condition that the producers cast a no-name for the role of Samantha.’
    • ‘But hey, they're a couple of no-names from Old Europe.’

Pronunciation:

no-name

/ˈnōˌnām/