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Meaning of no by Wiktionary Dictionary



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    Alternative forms

    • No .


    Abbreviation of Latin numero, ablative of numerus ( “number” ) .


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    1. number


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    Derived from slang shorthand use of the word no .



    1. ( slang ) Placed before a word to indicate negation of that word .

Definition of no by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. nay ( nā ), adv. [Icel. nei; akin to E. no. See No, adv.]
    1. No; -- a negative answer to a question asked, or a request made, now superseded by no. Opposed to aye or yea. See also Yes.

    And eke when I say “ye,” ne say not “nay.” Chaucer.

    I tell you nay; but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke xiii. 3.

    And now do they thrust us out privily? nay, verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. Acts xvi. 37.

    He that will not when he may,

    When he would he shall have nay. Old Prov.

    ☞ Before the time of Henry VIII. nay was used to answer simple questions, and no was used when the form of the question involved a negative expression; nay was the simple form, no the emphatic. Skeat.

    2. Not this merely, but also; not only so, but; -- used to mark the addition or substitution of a more explicit or more emphatic phrase.

    ☞ Nay in this sense may be interchanged with yea. “Were he my brother, nay, my kingdom's heir.” Shak.

  2. No ( nō ), a. [OE. no, non, the same word as E. none; cf. E. a, an. See None.] Not any; not one; none; as, “yes, we have no bananas”; -- often used as a quantifier.

    Let there be no strife . . . between me and thee. Gen. xiii. 8.

    That goodness is no name, and happiness no dream. Byron.

    ☞ In Old England before a vowel the form non or noon was used. “No man.” “Noon apothercary.” Chaucer.

  3. No, adv. [OE. no, na, AS. nā; ne not + ā ever. AS. ne is akin to OHG. ni, Goth. ni, Russ. ne, Ir., Gael. & W. ni, L. ne, Gr. νη ( in comp. ), Skr. na, and also to E. prefix un-. √ 193. See Aye, and cf. Nay, Not, Nice, Nefarious.] Nay; not; not at all; not in any respect or degree; -- a word expressing negation, denial, or refusal. Before or after another negative, no is emphatic.

    We do no otherwise than we are willed. Shak.

    I am perplx'd and doubtful whether or no

    I dare accept this your congratulation. Coleridge.

    There is none righteous, no, not one. Rom. iii. 10.

    No! Nay, Heaven forbid. Coleridge.

  4. No ( nō ), n.; pl. Noes ( nōz ).
    1. A refusal by use of the word no; a denial.

    2. A negative vote; one who votes in the negative; as, “to call for the ayes and noes; the noes have it.”