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Etymology 1

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



nope (not comparable)


not comparable

none (absolute)

  1. (informal) No.
    • 1856, Sidney George Fisher, Charles Edward Fisher, Kanzas and the Constitution, p. 97,
      "Is my son here, Clarence?" asked Roger Oakley. "Nope. The whistle ain't blowed yet."
    • 1880, R. Foli, Ill weeds, p. 319,
      "No," from Tom, ending the word with so decided a pressure of the lips that it sounded like "nope."
    • 1890, Werner's Readings and Recitations, E.S. Werner, p. 50
      “Aunt Kat? And was Aunt Kat your only relation? Have you no father nor mother?” “Nope. Never had none ‘cept Aunt Kat. Her hull name was Katrina. She wuz Dutch she wuz."
    • c1930, Detroit (Michigan) Board of Education, The Detroit Educational Bulletin, Detroit (Michigan) Board of Education, p. 13
      1: I will not dishonour my country's speech by leaving off the last syllables of words, 2: I will say a good American "yes" and "no" in place of an Indian grunt "um-hum" and "nup-um" or a foreign "ya" or "yeh" and "nope"...
    • 2006, Charlotte Hudson Ewing, Red Land, AuthorHouse, ISBN: 1420895184, p. 54,
      Nope. Don't know as I do.
  • Finnish: ei
Usage notes

The above usage has, since the 1850s, been far more common than any others.




nope ({{{1}}})
  1. (informal) A negative reply, no.
    I'll take that as a nope, then.
    • 1981, Tom Higgins, Practice quick...and swim, read in Dale Earnhardt: Rear View Mirror, Sports Publishing LLC, ISBN: 1582614288 (2001), p. 32
      By one reporter's count, questions about the change elicited seven shakes of the head indicating no comment, five "yeps" and three "nopes" from Earnhardt.
    • 2002, Fernando Poyatos, Nonverbal Communication Across Disciplines, John Benjamins Publishing Company, ISBN: 1556197543, p. 19,
      Now 'Yeah,' 'Yep' and' Nope 'are always given as examples of what we do with 'Yes' and 'No' in English and it has become (particularly for foreigners) a sort of linguistic myth.
    • 2005, Suzanne Eggins, Diana Slade, Analysing Casual Conversation, Equinox Publishing Ltd, ISBN: 1845530462, p. 97
      While Yeah occurs very frequently in casual talk, No and its conversational derivatives of nope, naw, nup, etc. are relatively infrequent.
  • Finnish: ei

See also

Etymology 2

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





nope ({{{1}}})
  1. (archaic except near Staffordshire, England) A bullfinch
    • 1613, Michael Drayton, Poly-Olbion, read in The Complete Works of Michael Drayton, Now First Collected. With Introductions and Notes by Richard Hooper. Volume 2. Poly-olbion Elibron Classics (2005) [facsimile of John Russell Smith (1876 ed)], p. 146,
      To Philomell the next, the Linnet we prefer;/And by that warbling bird, the Wood-Lark place we then, /The Reed-sparrow, the Nope, the Red-breast, and the Wren, /The Yellow-pate: which though she hurt the blooming tree, /Yet scarce hath any bird a finer pipe than she.
    • 1777, Thomas Pennant, British Zoology, Class I: Quadrupeds. Class II: Birds. Division I: Land. Vol. I. Fourth Edition, Benjamin White (1818), p.461,
      (at the beginning of the section on Bulfinch in what appears to be a list of references, complete with the names the relevant authors used for the bird) Bulfinch, Alp or Nope. Wil. orn. 247.
    • 1816, Thomas Bewick, Ralph Beilby, Henry Cotes, A History of British Birds, the Figures Engraved on Wood by T. Berwick, Vol. 1, containing the History and Description of Land Birds, Thomas Bewick, p. 161
      (section title) The Bullfinch, Alp or Nope. (Loxia Pyrrhula, Lin. -- Le Bouvreil, Buff.)
    • 1823, Edward Moor, Suffolk Words and Phrases: or, An attempt to collect the lingual localisms of that county, R. Hunter, p. 255
      I may note that olp, if pronounced ope, as it sometimes is, may be the origin of nope; an ope, and a nope, differ as little as possible.
    • 1836, David Booth, An Analytical Dictionary of the English Language, in which the Words are Explained in the Order of Their Natural Affinity, Independent of Alphabetical Arrangement, p. 380
      In Natural History, 'An Eye of Pheasants' was also 'A Nye of Pheasants', and even the human Eye was written a Nye. The Bulfinch was either a Nope, or an Ope ; the common Lizard, or Eft (Old English Evet) is also the Newt; the Water-Eft is the Water-Newt ; and the Saxon nedder, a serpent (probably allied to Nether, as crawling on the ground) has been transformed into an Adder.
    • 1882, Abram Smythe Palmer, Folk-etymology: A Dictionary of Verbal Corruptions Or Words Perverted in Form Or Meaning, G. Bell and Sons, p. 583,
      Nope, an old name for the bullfinch used by Drayton (Wright), is a corrupt form for an ope, otherwise spelt aupe, olp, or alpe (Prompt.Parv.).
    • 1885, The Birds of Lancashire, 1885, p. 37,
      Nope, Blue Nope, Mope, Blue Mope, Tom-tit, Tit-nope, Tom-tit Nope, ...

Etymology 3

Possibly influenced by nape and knap.





nope ({{{1}}})
  1. (East Midlands and Northern England) A blow to the head.
    • 1823, Francis Grose, Pierce Egan, Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, Francis Grose, p. xci
      (in an example of use of crackmans) The cull thought to have loped by breaking through the crackmans, but we fetched him back by a nope on the costard, which stopped his jaw.
    • 1829, Joseph Hunter, The Hallamshire Glossary, W. Pickering, p. 69,
      I'll fetch thee a nope.


to nope

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to nope (third-person singular simple present nopes, present participle noping, simple past and past participle noped)
  1. (East Midlands and Northern England) (archaic) To hit someone on the head.
    • 1851, Sylvester Judd, Margaret: a tale of the real and the ideal, blight and bloom, Phillips, Sampson, & Co., p. 183,
      "Nope him on the costard," said Ben Bolter.
    • 1891, T F Thiselton Dyer, Church-lore Gleanings, A. D. Innes & co., p. 65
      The sexton seemed reluctant to resume his old duties, remarking -- "Be I to nope Mr. M on the head if I catches him asleep?"

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