There are 3 main definitions of no in English:

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Pronunciation: /nō/


1Not any: there is no excuse no two plants are alike
2Used to indicate that something is quite the opposite of what is being specified: it was no easy task persuading her Toby is no fool
3Hardly any: you’ll be back in no time
4Used in notices or slogans forbidding or rejecting something specified: “No Smoking” signs no nukes


1Used to give a negative response: “Is anything wrong?” “No.
absolutely not, most certainly not, of course not, under no circumstances, by no means, not at all, negative, never, not really
informal nope, uh-uh, nah, not on your life, no way, no way José, ixnay
archaic nay
1.1Expressing disagreement or contradiction: “This is boring.” “No, it’s not!”
1.2Expressing agreement with or affirmation of a negative statement: they would never cause a fuss, oh no
1.3Expressing shock or disappointment at something one has heard or discovered: oh no, look at this!


[with comparative]
Not at all; to no extent: they were no more able to perform the task than I was

noun (plural noes)

A negative answer or decision, as in voting: he was unable to change his automatic yes to a no
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Super-optimists suggest that, perhaps with some changes and reassurance from European leaders, the noes might be turned into yeses, like water into wine.



no can do

informal I am unable to do it.
Example sentences
  • Oh, no can do, sweetheart, I'm booked up until - let's see - next Tuesday.
  • Sorry, no can do, they're contaminated with asbestos.
  • ‘He told me to let go, and I said, ‘Sorry, kid, no can do.’

the noes have it

The negative votes are in the majority.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Add me to the mix, and the noes have it.
  • The noes have it and the amendment is lost.

no less

see less.

no longer

Not now as formerly: they no longer live here
More example sentences
  • After all, they are the ones who have forgotten that we no longer live by the law of the jungle.
  • Sorry to have to let you know that Steve is no longer living with us and I am now a single mum.
  • First, the working class and the oppressed can no longer go on living in the old way.

no more

see more.

no place

North American Nowhere.
Example sentences
  • Sidewalk vendors who have no place to sell lunches and snacks have nowhere to turn.
  • 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.

no sooner —— than

see soon.

not take no for an answer

Persist in spite of refusals.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Their boss (like most bosses) doesn't take no for an answer and is adamant they get the client or face being sacked.

no two ways about it

Used to convey that there can be no doubt about something.
Example sentences
  • She added: ‘It's been chaotic, there's no two ways about it.’
  • 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.
  • There are no two ways about it, you are there, or you are not.

no way

informal Under no circumstances; not at all: You think she’s alone? No way
More example sentences
  • Oh, no way. Who would fake being pregnant?
  • You can't be serious… no way… did you get me a car?

or no

Or not: she’d have ridden there, winter or no
More example sentences
  • 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.

—— or no ——

Regardless of the specified thing: recession or no recession there is always going to be a shortage of good people
More example sentences
  • 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.


Old English , (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 none1).

Words that rhyme with no

aglow, ago, alow, although, apropos, art nouveau, Bamako, Bardot, beau, Beaujolais Nouveau, below, bestow, blow, bo, Boileau, bons mots, Bordeaux, Bow, bravo, bro, cachepot, cheerio, Coe, crow, Defoe, de trop, doe, doh, dos-à-dos, do-si-do, dough, dzo, Flo, floe, flow, foe, foreknow, foreshow, forgo, Foucault, froe, glow, go, good-oh, go-slow, grow, gung-ho, Heathrow, heave-ho, heigh-ho, hello, ho, hoe, ho-ho, jo, Joe, kayo, know, lo, low, maillot, malapropos, Marceau, mho, Miró, mo, Mohs, Monroe, mot, mow, Munro, Noh, no-show, oh, oho, outgo, outgrow, owe, Perrault, pho, po, Poe, pro, quid pro quo, reshow, righto, roe, Rouault, row, Rowe, sew, shew, show, sloe, slow, snow, so, soh, sow, status quo, stow, Stowe, strow, tally-ho, though, throw, tic-tac-toe, to-and-fro, toe, touch-and-go, tow, trow, undergo, undersow, voe, whacko, whoa, wo, woe, Xuzhou, yo, yo-ho-ho, Zhengzhou, Zhou

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No 2


The chemical element nobelium.

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No 3


Variant spelling of Noh.

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