Definitions for NOTnɒt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. (used to express negation, denial, refusal, prohibition, etc.):

    It's not far from here. Are they coming or not? You must not think about it.

  2. Slang.(used jocularly as a postpositive interjection to indicate that a previous statement is untrue):

    That's a cute dress. Not!

    Category: Status (usage)

Origin of not:

1275–1325; ME; weak var. of nought


  1. a Boolean operator that returns a positive result if its operand is negative and a negative result if its operand is positive.

    Category: Computers

Princeton's WordNet

  1. not, non(adverb)

    negation of a word or group of words

    "he does not speak French"; "she is not going"; "they are not friends"; "not many"; "not much"; "not at all"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. not(adverb)ɒt

    used to make a word, phrase, or sentence negative

    I am not leaving.; She doesn't like him.; I asked you not to read that.; Not everyone is as smart as you are.; It wasn't much fun.

  2. notɒt

    emphasizes sth is surprising because it did not happen

    Not even the kids liked the cookies.; He didn't even try to help.

  3. notɒt

    emphasizes sth negative

    It doesn't taste good at all.

  4. notɒt

    emphasizes nobody or nothing did sth

    Not a single person came.

  5. notɒt

    used to express the negative alternative to what has just been said

    Do you want it, or not?; "Is it going to rain?" "I hope not."

  6. notɒt

    used to ask a question to which the answer is expected to be "yes"

    That was a good book, wasn't it?; We learned a lot, didn't we?

  7. notɒt

    used to make what you have just said sound less strong

    He really wants the job - not that enthusiasm is a bad thing.


  1. not(Noun)

    Unary logical function NOT, true if input is false, or a gate implementing that negation function.

    You need a not there to conform with the negative logic of the memory chip.

  2. not(Adverb)

    Negates the meaning of the modified verb.

  3. not(Adverb)

    To no degree

    That is not red; it's orange.

  4. not(Conjunction)

    And not.

  5. not(Interjection)

    Used to indicate that the previous phrase was meant sarcastically or ironically.

  6. NOT(Noun)

    A unary operation on logical values that changes true to false, and false to true.

    You need a not there to conform with the negative logic of the memory chip.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Not

    wot not; know not; knows not

  2. Not(adj)

    shorn; shaven

  3. Not(adverb)

    a word used to express negation, prohibition, denial, or refusal


  1. ... Not!

    ... Not! is a grammatical construction in the English language that became a sardonic catchphrase in North America in the 1990s. A declarative statement is made, followed by a pause and then an emphatic "not!" is postfixed. The result is a negation of the original declarative statement. According to the above, the phrase "He is a nice guy... not!" is synonymous to "He is not a nice guy". Whereas the latter structure is a neutral observation, the former expresses rather an annoyance, and is most often used jocularly. Popularized in North America in the 1990s by a Saturday Night Live skit and subsequent movie Wayne's World, it can be found earlier in print in an 1893 Princeton Tiger 103: "An Historical Parallel-- Not." An even earlier 1905 usage is in The Dream of the Rarebit Fiend by Windsor McKay. It was selected as the 1992 Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society. The "Not!" catchphrase was the basis of a scene in the 2006 movie Borat where a lecturer in humour attempted to explain the grammatical construction to Borat with limited success.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'NOT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #25

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'NOT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #37

Anagrams of NOT

  1. Ont, Ont., TNO, ton

Translations for NOT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often abbreviated to n't ) a word used for denying, forbidding, refusing, or expressing the opposite of something

I did not see him; I didn't see him; He isn't here; Isn't he coming?; They told me not to go; Not a single person came to the party; We're going to London, not Paris; That's not true!

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