Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb No.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.), Prov. Eng. A bullfinch.
  • interjection informal No.

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  • adverb informal No.
  • noun informal A negative reply, no.
  • noun England A bullfinch
  • noun East Midlands and Northern England A blow to the head.
  • verb East Midlands and Northern England (archaic) To hit someone on the head.

Etymologies

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

[Alteration of no.]

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Representing no pronounced with the mouth snapped closed at the end.

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Probably mutated from ope (see 1823 quote) from alp;

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Possibly influenced by nape and knap.

Examples

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  • "nope - a blow: as, 'I took him a nope on the costard.'"

    - Francis Grose, 'The Vulgar Tongue'.

    September 23, 2008

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

    "Nope," he replied dryly.

    June 14, 2009