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know-nothing

[ noh-nuhth-ing ]SEE DEFINITION OF know-nothing
  • as inuneducated
  • as inempty-headed
  • as inignoramus

Synonyms for know-nothing

  • ignorant
  • illiterate
  • unschooled
  • benighted
  • empty-headed
  • ignoramus
  • inerudite
  • lowbrow
  • uncultivated
  • uncultured
  • uninstructed
  • unlearned
  • unlettered
  • unread
  • unrefined
  • untaught
  • untutored
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Antonyms for know-nothing

  • educated
  • learned
  • literate
  • intelligent
  • lettered
  • taught
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR KNOW-NOTHING

Stuck in this know-nothing Helstonleigh, I can only state the fact that they are made.

After all I didn't actually accuse David of being a know-nothing.

Then came the parting of the ways,—Republican, Democrat, or Know-nothing?

Seems as if there was something the matter with you, beyond what that know-nothing doctor said.

These are the publications which, in part at least, have given rise to the Know-Nothing organization, so cordially hated by you.

The Know-Nothing movement of the 50's need not concern us here.

I wish I were a scientist right now instead of a know-nothing artist!

The learned man of to-day is but the know-nothing of to-morrow.

It is true I know-nothing of them but through their speeches, some of which have been published in our leading religious journals.

Men are beginning to see through the transparent gauze that veils this Know-Nothing movement.

WORD ORIGIN

"ignoramus," 1827, from know + nothing. As a U.S. nativist political party, active 1853-56, the name refers to the secret society at the core of the party, about which members were instructed to answer, if asked about it, that they "know nothing." The party eventually merged into the Republican Party.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR KNOW-NOTHING

empty-headed

adjectiveflighty, scatterbrained
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