from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Informal No.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. No.
  • n. A negative reply, no.
  • n. A bullfinch
  • n. A blow to the head.
  • v. (archaic) To hit someone on the head.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bullfinch.
  • interj. No.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • No: a vulgar corruption.
  • n. The bullfinch, Pyrrhula vulgaris. See mawp.


Alteration of no1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Representing no pronounced with the mouth snapped closed at the end. (Wiktionary)
Probably mutated from ope (see 1823 quote) from alp; (Wiktionary)
Possibly influenced by nape and knap. (Wiktionary)



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  • To the pale intolerant I asked, "got milk?"

    "Nope," he replied dryly.

    June 14, 2009

  • "nope - a blow: as, 'I took him a nope on the costard.'"
    - Francis Grose, 'The Vulgar Tongue'.

    September 23, 2008