Definition of Know nothing

1. Noun. An ignorant person.

Lexicographical Neighbors of Know Nothing

know apart
know beans about
know every trick in the book
know from a bar of soap
know in one's bones
know like the back of one's hand
know like the palm of one's hand
know nothing (current term)
know one's mind
know one's onions
know one's own mind
know one's stuff
know one's way around
know someone from Adam
know something inside and out
know the score
know what's going on
know what's what

Literary usage of Know nothing

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Historical Review by American historical association (1898)
"But this Know- nothing nominee received a clear majority of nearly ... In the new senate every member was a Know-nothing ; in the house the roll included ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The principles of the Know-nothing party were embodied in the following ... The Know-nothing organization was primarily the result of foreign emigration. ..."

3. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1868)
"He probably will know nothing of the anatomy of his own body. ... He need know nothing whatever of modern history — how the present polity of Europe came ..."

4. The Irish in America by John Francis Maguire, William Joseph Hardee (1868)
"The know nothing Movement—Jealousy of the Foreigner- know nothings ... THE KNOW NOTHING- movement of 1854 and 1855 troubled the peace of Catholics, ..."

5. Autobiography of Seventy Years by George Frisbie Hoar (1905)
"CHAPTER XI THE know nothing PARTY AND ITS OVERTHROW THE political history of Massachusetts from 1846 to 1865 is, in general, the history of the share of the ..."

6. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"know nothing, I know that I. Socrates, in his "Apology" to the court of ... This phrase has usually been condensed into " I know only that I know nothing. ..."

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