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From Middle English nowyse, no-wyse, no wyse, equivalent to no (none, not any) +‎ wise (way, manner).



nowise (not comparable)

  1. (In) no way, (in) no manner, definitely not.
    • 1850, Thomas Carlyle, “The present time”, in Latter-Day Pamphlets:
      To raise the Sham-Noblest, and solemnly consecrate him by whatever method, new-devised, or slavishly adhered to from old wont, this, little as we may regard it, is, in all times and countries, a practical blasphemy, and Nature will in nowise forget it. Alas, there lies the origin, the fatal necessity, of modern Democracy everywhere.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick (fiction):
      But that did in nowise mend the matter, or at all soften the hard heart of the learned gentleman with the copy of Blackstone.
    • 1996 (summer), Raymond Jarvi, “Hjalmar Söderberg on August Strindberg”, in Scandinavian Studies, volume 68, number 3, page 343:
      His article was received with keen interest by Fredrik Vult von Steijern, the newspaper's cultural editor, who in turn paid the writer an honorarium of twenty crowns — nowise a modest sum at that time — despite the fact that the article never appeared in Dagens Nyheter.
    • 2006 (fall), Nate Haken, “Dolphins Dancing Somewhere off the Coast of Cuba”, in The Massachusetts Review, volume 47, number 3, page 410:
      I am going to create a trigger to the feelings of nostalgia, that this time at sea will nowise be lost.


  • (in no way): nohow, not in any way