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  • Hyphenation: no‧lo
  • Rhymes: -olo
  • IPA(key): [ˈnolo]


nolo  (comparative nolompi, superlative noloin)

  1. embarrassed
    Hän oli kovin nolo jäätyään kiinni itse teossa.
    He was so embarrassed for having been caught in the act.
  2. awkward, embarrassing
    Se oli todella nolo tilanne.
    It was a really awkward situation.


Inflection of nolo (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative nolo nolot
genitive nolon nolojen
partitive noloa noloja
illative noloon noloihin
singular plural
nominative nolo nolot
accusative nom.? nolo nolot
gen. nolon
genitive nolon nolojen
partitive noloa noloja
inessive nolossa noloissa
elative nolosta noloista
illative noloon noloihin
adessive nololla noloilla
ablative nololta noloilta
allative nololle noloille
essive nolona noloina
translative noloksi noloiksi
instructive noloin
abessive nolotta noloitta
comitative noloine

Derived terms[edit]




  • IPA(key): /ˈnɔ.lo/
  • Rhymes: -ɔlo
  • Hyphenation: nò‧lo


nolo m ‎(plural noli)

  1. hire, hiring, renting
    prendere a nolo ― to rent; to hire
  2. hire, rental, freight


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From ne "that not" + volo "I want".



nōlō ‎(present infinitive nōlle, perfect active nōlui); irregular conjugation, no passive

  1. I am unwilling, I wish not, I want not, I refuse
    T. Maccius Plautus, Stichus, or The Parasite Rebuffed
    Abire nolumus.We are unwilling to depart.
    Nollem.I would not/I could wish not.
    Nollem factum. ― I am sorry for it.
    Quod nolim. ― Which Heaven forbid.
    Non nolle. ― To have no objection/To be willing.
    Me nolente. ― Without my consent. /Against my will. (literally. with me being unwilling)
    Alere nolunt hominem edacem. ― They won't keep a greedy man.

Usage notes[edit]


   Conjugation of nolo (irregular, active only)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present nōlō nōn vīs nōn vult nōlumus nōn vultis nōlunt
imperfect nōlēbam nōlēbās nōlēbat nōlēbāmus nōlēbātis nōlēbant
future nōlam nōlēs nōlet nōlēmus nōlētis nōlent
perfect nōluī nōluistī nōluit nōluimus nōluistis nōluērunt, nōluēre
pluperfect nōlueram nōluerās nōluerat nōluerāmus nōluerātis nōluerant
future perfect nōluerō nōlueris nōluerit nōluerimus nōlueritis nōluerint
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present nōlim nōlīs nōlit nōlīmus nōlītis nōlint
imperfect nōllem nōllēs nōllet nōllēmus nōllētis nōllent
perfect nōluerim nōluerīs nōluerit nōluerīmus nōluerītis nōluerint
pluperfect nōluissem nōluissēs nōluisset nōluissēmus nōluissētis nōluissent
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present nōlī nōlīte
future nōlitō nōlitō nōlitōte nōluntō
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives nōlle nōluisse
participles nōlēns

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