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Meaning of "know-nothing" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF KNOW-NOTHING

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF KNOW-NOTHING

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Know-Nothing is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES KNOW-NOTHING MEAN IN ENGLISH?

know-nothing

Know Nothing

The Know Nothing movement was an American political movement that operated on a national basis during the mid-1850s. It promised to purify American politics by limiting or ending the influence of Irish Catholics and other immigrants, thus reflecting nativism and anti-Catholic sentiment. It was empowered by popular fears that the country was being overwhelmed by German and Irish Catholic immigrants, whom they saw as hostile to republican values and controlled by the Pope in Rome. Mainly active from 1854 to 1856, it strove to curb immigration and naturalization, but met with little success. Membership was limited to Protestant males. There were few prominent leaders, and the largely middle-class membership fragmented over the issue of slavery. The most prominent leaders were ex-President Millard Fillmore, Massachusetts Congressman Nathaniel P. Banks, and former congressman Lewis C. Levin.

Definition of know-nothing in the English dictionary

The definition of know-nothing in the dictionary is an ignorant person.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE KNOW-NOTHING

know by sight
know one´s onions
know one´s place
know something inside out
know the ropes
know what one is talking about
know what´s what
know-all
know-how
know-it-all
knowable
knowableness
knower
knowing
knowingly
knowingness
knowledgable
knowledgableness
knowledgably
knowledge

WORDS THAT END LIKE KNOW-NOTHING

anything
bathing
be on to a good thing
breathing
clothing
everything
first thing
fishing
get down on something
last thing
nothing
something
soothing
sunbathing
teething
the first thing
the other thing
the real thing
the thing
thing
Worthing

Synonyms and antonyms of know-nothing in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «know-nothing» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF KNOW-NOTHING

Find out the translation of know-nothing to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of know-nothing from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «know-nothing» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

知道全无
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

saber - nada
570 millions of speakers

English

know-nothing
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

पता कुछ भी नहीं
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

اعرف شيئا
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

не знаю - ничего
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

sabe - nada
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কিছুই জানি না
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

savoir- rien
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tidak tahu apa-apa
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

wissen -nichts-
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

知らない、何もし
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

알지 - 아무것도
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ngerti apa-apa
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

biết - gì
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நோ-நத்திங்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

माहित-काहीही नाही
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

hiçbir şey bilmemek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

ignorantone
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

nic nie wiem -
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

не знаю - нічого
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

stiu nimic
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

γνωρίζουν τίποτα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

weet - niks
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

vet - inget
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

know- ingenting
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of know-nothing

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «KNOW-NOTHING»

The term «know-nothing» is quite widely used and occupies the 29.824 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «KNOW-NOTHING» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about know-nothing

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «KNOW-NOTHING»

Discover the use of know-nothing in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to know-nothing and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!
Surveys the life and career of the social theorist best known for the quotation, "The medium is the message," who helped shape the culture of the 1960s and predicted the future of television and the rise of the Internet.
Douglas Coupland, 2010
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Nativism and Slavery: The Northern Know Nothings and the ...
In this important book, however, Anbinder argues that the Know Nothings' phenomenal success was inextricably linked to the firm stance their northern members took against the extension of slavery.
Tyler Anbinder, 1992
3
A Know-Nothing Halloween
Four easily confused friends find their own way to celebrate Halloween.
Michele Sobel Spirn, 2001
4
You Don't Have to Be Buddhist to Know Nothing: An ...
Organized in short topical chapters from Knowing Nothing to the Joy of Unknowing and Nothing is Sacred, the verbal snapshots captured in this collection create a coherent work of insight, wisdom, humor and wonder.You Don't Have to Be ...
Joan Konner
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Topics About Which I Know Nothing
Scintillating, surprising, inventive fiction from one of the most talented writers in Britain – this is a superb collection of short stories from the acclaimed author of the Chaos Walking series and ‘More Than This’.
Patrick Ness, 2010
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I Know Nothing
Are you a spiritual hitchhiker looking for a ride? If you are, grab your backpack and hop in. This book is pulling over for you.
Denise J. Wilson, 2012
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The Natural Sciences Know Nothing of Evolution
Today in nearly all colleges, universities, high schools and elementary schools the theory of evolution is taught as scientific fact, a theory that states that creation evolved from a single accident.
A E Wilder-Smith, Word for Today, The, 1989
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Of My Real Life I Know Nothing
Ten stories complete this collection of emotionally charged characters connected through a complex interweaving of repeated themes.
Ana María Moix, 2008
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Know Nothing
Troubled by the slavery that supports his father's plantation, Johnny Catlett, nonetheless, feels compelled to fight for the Confederacy
Mary Lee Settle, 1981
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You Don't Know Nothing Miss
Children with special needs need special instruction, not only for their sakes but for the future of society. The 'maladjusted' usually have more stress than they can cope with.
Heather Lindsay, 2007

NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «KNOW-NOTHING»

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Presidential Candidate Martin O'Malley Tells Trump to Run for Know
the Know-Nothing party was a nativist, anti-immigrant U.S. party that rallied for immigration restrictions, voting constraints that excluded ... «Latina, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Know-Nothing [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/know-nothing>. Oct 2020 ».
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