See under (def 3).
an ignorant or totally uninformed person; ignoramus.
(initial capital letters) U.S. History. a member of a political party (American party or Know-Nothing party) prominent from 1853 to 1856, whose aim was to keep control of the government in the hands of native-born citizens: so called because members originally professed ignorance of the party’s activities.
a person whose anti-intellectualism, xenophobia, and other political attitudes recall the Know-Nothings.
grossly ignorant; totally uninformed.
(initial capital letters) of or relating to the Know-Nothings.
of or relating to a political know-nothing.
By 1852 they were a full-fledged political party, known as the American party.
The Next Wingnut Attack John Avlon October 6, 2009
While “reformism” only became a practical issue in the American party in 1910, it had its beginnings much earlier.
Socialism As It Is William English Walling
About this time the most striking and sinister figure in American party history loomed into greatness.
Charles Sumner Centenary Archibald H. Grimke
(informal, derogatory) an ignorant person
“ignoramus,” 1827, from know + nothing. As a U.S. nativist political party, active 1853-56, the name refers to the secret society at the core of the party, about which members were instructed to answer, if asked about it, that they “know nothing.” The party eventually merged into the Republican Party.
- American pit bull terrier
. one of an American breed of strong, muscular terriers, originally developed in England, with a short, close-lying, stiff coat of any color or combination of colors except solid white. noun another name for pit bull terrier
- American plan
(in hotels) a system of paying a single fixed rate that covers room and all meals. Abbreviation: AP. Historical Examples American plan: A scheme for shortening human life through overeating. The Roycroft Dictionary Elbert Hubbard noun (US) a hotel rate in which the charge includes meals Compare European plan
- American quahog
noun an edible hardshell clam of the Atlantic coast of North America, often used in chowder; also called cherrystone, littleneck, quahog, hardshell clam Examples Anything over three inches in diameter ranks as a quahog. Word Origin c. 1781 Usage Note cooking
- American revised version
a revision of the Bible, based chiefly on the Revised Version of the Bible, published in the U.S. in 1901.