no
I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English nā, from ne not + ā always; akin to Old Norse & Old High German ne not, Latin ne-, Greek nē- — more at aye Date: before 12th century 1. a. chiefly Scottish not b. — used as a function word to express the negative of an alternative choice or possibility <
shall we go out to dinner or no
>
2. in no respect or degree — used in comparisons <
you're no better than the rest of us
>
3. not so — used to express negation, dissent, denial, or refusal <
no, I'm not going
>
4. — used with a following adjective to imply a meaning expressed by the opposite positive statement <
in no uncertain terms
>
5. — used as a function word to emphasize a following negative or to introduce a more emphatic, explicit, or comprehensive statement <
it's big, no, it's gigantic
>
6. — used as an interjection to express surprise, doubt, or incredulity 7. — used in combination with a verb to form a compound adjective <
no-bake pie
>
8. in negation <
shook his head no
>
II. adjective Date: 12th century 1. a. not any <
no parking
>
<
no disputing the decision
>
b. hardly any ; very little <
finished in no time
>
2. not a ; quite other than a <
he's no expert
>
3. — used in combination with a noun to form a compound adjective <
a no-nonsense realist
>
III. noun (plural noes or nos) Date: 1588 1. an act or instance of refusing or denying by the use of the word no ; denial <
received a firm no in reply
>
2. a. a negative vote or decision b. plural persons voting in the negative IV. abbreviation 1. north; northern 2. [Latin numero, ablative of numerus] number

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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