[noh-hwairz, -wairz] /ˈnoʊ ʰwɛərz, -wɛərz/
[noh-hwair, -wair] /ˈnoʊˌʰwɛər, -ˌwɛər/
in or at no place; not anywhere:
The missing pen was nowhere to be found.
to no place:
We went nowhere last weekend.
the state of nonexistence or seeming nonexistence:
A gang of thieves appeared from nowhere.
anonymity or obscurity:
She came from nowhere to win the championship.
an unknown, remote, or nonexistent place or region.
being or leading nowhere; pointless; futile:
to be stuck in a nowhere job.
worthless or useless:
That’s a nowhere idea if I ever heard one.
miles from nowhere, in a remote, isolated, or inaccessible area.
nowhere near, not nearly:
There’s nowhere near enough food to go around.
in, at, or to no place; not anywhere
(informal) get nowhere, get nowhere fast, to fail completely to make any progress
nowhere near, far from; not nearly
a nonexistent or insignificant place
middle of nowhere, a completely isolated, featureless, or insignificant place
Old English nahwær “nowhere, not at all;” see no + where. Similar constructions were attempted with nowhat (1520s) and nowhen (1764), but they failed to take hold and remain nonce words.
Inferior; tedious; drab: If you’re not with it, you’re nowhere/ rows of folding chairs, nowheresville decor (1940+)
the middle of nowhere
In addition to the idiom beginning with
[noh-hwairz-vil, -wairz-] /ˈnoʊ ʰwɛərzˌvɪl, -wɛərz-/ noun, Slang. 1. a remote or isolated town or village. 2. a job, position, rank, etc., completely lacking in status, recognition, or a chance for advancement. 3. anything unrealistic, impractical, or useless. noun See nowheresville adjective Inferior; tedious; drab: If you’re not with it, you’re nowhere/ rows of folding chairs, […]
[noh-hwith-er, -with-] /ˈnoʊˌʰwɪð ər, -ˌwɪð-/ adverb 1. to no place; nowhere: paths leading nowhither. /ˈnəʊˌwɪðə/ adverb 1. (archaic) to no place; to nowhere adv. “toward no place,” Old English nahwiðer; see no + whither.
[noh-win] /ˈnoʊˈwɪn/ adjective, Informal. 1. denoting a condition in which one cannot benefit, succeed, or win: a no-win situation; a no-win war. adjective 1. offering no possibility of a favourable outcome (esp in the phrase a no-win situation) adj. 1962, in reference to a situation where victory is impossible, from no + win. adjective Impossible […]
- No-win situation
A situation certain to end in failure or disappointment, as in If the in-laws visit them or they visit the in-laws, either way they see it as a no-win situation. [ c. 1960 ]