Informal. absolutely not; no.
manner, mode, or fashion:
a new way of looking at a matter; to reply in a polite way.
characteristic or habitual manner:
Her way is to work quietly and never complain.
a method, plan, or means for attaining a goal:
to find a way to reduce costs.
a respect or particular:
The plan is defective in several ways.
a direction or vicinity:
Look this way. We’re having a drought out our way.
passage or progress on a course:
to make one’s way on foot; to lead the way.
Often, ways. distance:
They’ve come a long way.
a path or course leading from one place to another:
What’s the shortest way to town?
a road, route, passage, or channel (usually used in combination):
highway; waterway; doorway.
Law. a right of way.
any line of passage or travel, used or available:
to blaze a way through dense woods.
space for passing or advancing:
to clear a way through the crowd.
Often, ways. a habit or custom:
The grandmother lived by the ways of the old country.
course or mode of procedure that one chooses or wills:
They had to do it my way.
condition, as to health, prosperity, or the like:
to be in a bad way.
range or extent of experience or notice:
the best device that ever came in my way.
a course of life, action, or experience:
The way of transgressors is hard.
to be in the haberdashery way.
Machinery. a longitudinal strip, as in a planer, guiding a moving part along a surface.
by the way, in the course of one’s remarks; incidentally:
By the way, have you received that letter yet?
by way of,
come one’s way, to come to one; befall one:
A bit of good fortune came my way.
give way to,
go all the way, Slang.
go out of one’s way, to do something that inconveniences one; make an unusual effort:
Please don’t go out of your way on my account.
have a way with, to have a charming, persuasive, or effective manner of dealing with:
He has a way with children; to have a way with words.
have one’s way with, (especially of a man) to have sexual intercourse with, sometimes by intimidating or forcing one’s partner.
in a family way, pregnant.
in a way, after a fashion; to some extent:
In a way, she’s the nicest person I know.
in someone’s way, forming a hindrance, impediment, or obstruction:
She might have succeeded in her ambition, had not circumstances been in her way.
Also, in the way.
lead the way,
make one’s way,
no way, Informal. not under any circumstances; no:
Apologize to him? No way!
out of the way,
pave the way to / for. (def 3).
see one’s way clear, to regard as suitable or possible; consider seriously:
We couldn’t see our way clear to spending so much money at once.
Also, see one’s way.
take one’s way, to start out; travel; go:
He took his way across the park and headed uptown.
a manner, method, or means: a way of life, a way of knowing
a route or direction: the way home
space or room for movement or activity (esp in the phrases make way, in the way, out of the way)
distance, usually distance in general: you’ve come a long way
a passage or journey: on the way
characteristic style or manner: I did it in my own way
(often pl) habits; idiosyncrasies: he has some offensive ways
an aspect of something; particular: in many ways he was right
something that one wants in a determined manner (esp in the phrases get or have one’s (own) way)
the experience or sphere in which one comes into contact with things (esp in the phrase come one’s way)
(informal) a state or condition, usually financial or concerning health (esp in the phrases in a good (or bad) way)
(informal) the area or direction of one’s home: drop in if you’re ever over my way
movement of a ship or other vessel
a right of way in law
a guide along which something can be moved, such as the surface of a lathe along which the tailstock slides
(pl) the wooden or metal tracks down which a ship slides to be launched
a course of life including experiences, conduct, etc: the way of sin
(archaic) calling or trade
(sentence modifier) by the way, in passing or incidentally
by way of
each way, (of a bet) laid on a horse, dog, etc, to win or gain a place
give way to
go out of one’s way, to take considerable trouble or inconvenience oneself
have a way with, to have such a manner or skill as to handle successfully
have it both ways, to enjoy two things that would normally contradict each other or be mutually exclusive
in a way, in some respects
in no way, not at all
lead the way
make one’s way
(informal) no way, that is impossible
(informal) on the way out
out of the way
pay one’s way, See pay1 (sense 11)
see one’s way, see one’s way clear, to find it possible and be willing (to do something)
(Irish) the way, so that: I left early the way I would avoid the traffic
under way, having started moving or making progress
(informal) by far; considerably: way better
(slang) truly; genuinely: they have a way cool site
Old English weg “road, path, course of travel,” from Proto-Germanic *wegaz (cf. Old Saxon, Dutch weg, Old Norse vegr, Old Frisian wei, Old High German weg, German Weg, Gothic wigs “way”), from PIE *wegh- “to move” (see weigh). Most of the extended senses developed in Middle English. Adverbial meaning “very, extremely” is by 1986, perhaps from phrase all the way. Ways and means “resources at a person’s disposal” is attested from early 15c. Way-out (adj.) “original, bold,” is jazz slang, first recorded 1940s. Encouragement phrase way to go is short for that’s the way to go.
Never; under no circumstances: No way will I resign. You’ll have to fire me
No; absolutely not; no dice: No good. No go. No way, Jose/ You absolutely no way in hell can use my name (1960s+)
there’s no way
Also, there is no way. Certainly not; never. For example, No way can I forget what he did, or Are you coming along?—No way! or There’s no way our candidate can lose. This colloquial expression dates from the mid-1900s, but an earlier adverb, noway, dates from the 1300s.
- No way to run a railroad
Related Terms a hell of a way to run a railroad
noun a short-term weather forecast, usu. for the next few hours; also, a description of present weather conditions along with a short-term forecast
programming A system of structured programming and documentation from M.Speh in DESY. See literate programming. (1996-01-13)
[noh-el] /noʊˈɛl/ noun, Archaic. 1. (def 2). /nəʊˈɛl/ noun 1. archaic spellings of Noel