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None, 1) no one, nobody: “thou single wilt prove n.” Sonn. 8, 14. “you like n., n. you, for constant heart,” 53, 14. “who his spoil of beauty can forbid? O, n.” 65, 13. “n. that I more love than myself,” Tp. I, 1, 22. “without you were so simple, n. else would,” Gent. II, 1, 38. “n. better knows than you,” Meas. I, 3, 7. “let n. enter,” Err. II, 2, 220. “else n. at all in aught proves excellent,” LLL IV, 3, 354. “n. so poor to do him reverence,” Caes. III, 2, 125 etc. As a plural: “that n. but fools would keep,” Meas. III, 1, 8. “there's n. but asses will,” Err. II, 1, 14. “there's n. but witches do inhabit here,” III, 2, 161. “it should n. spare that come within his power,” LLL II, 51. “n. offend where all alike do dote,” IV, 3, 126. “n. but minstrels like of sonneting,” IV, 3, 126 “n. are so surely caught as wit turned fool,” V, 2, 69. “n. can cure their harms by wailing them,” R3 II, 2, 103.
2) not one, not any; used to supply a noun: desire hath n. (bounds) Ven. 389. n. (sorrow) “is best,” Ven. 389 be nurse to n. (babe) Lucr. 1162. love hath reason, reason n. (reason) Phoen. 47. “no marrying? n.” Tp. II, 1, 166. “n. of us,” II, 2, 51. she gave me n. (earnest) Gent. II, 1, 164. that's far worse than n. (faith) V, 4, 51. n. (people) “but mine own people,” Wiv. IV, 2, 14. “and n. of them been worn,” Meas. I, 2, 173. he did me n. (right) Err. IV, 2, 8. he with n. (ducats) “returned,” V, 232. he wore n. (linen) “but a dishclout,” LLL V, 2, 720. “what news with you? n. good, my lord, to please you with the hearing, nor n. so bad . . . .” R3 IV, 4, 458 (Qq none good my lord; Ff none, good my lord) etc. Following the noun emphatically: “two distincts, dirision n.” Phoen. 27. “riches, poverty, and use of service, n.” Tp. II, 1, 151. “and subjects n. abroad,” V, 167. “other means was n.” Err. I, 1, 76. “satisfaction can be n. but by pangs of death,” Tw. III, 4, 262. “he is true-hearted, and a soul n. better in my kingdom,” H8 V, 1, 156. Followed by of (and then almost == not): “we are their offspring, and they n. of ours,” Lucr. 1757. “to force that on you which you knew n. of yours,” Tw. III, 1, 128. “she's a changeling and n. of your flesh and blood,” Wint. IV, 4, 705. “he must know 'tis n. of your daughter nor my sister,” Wint. IV, 4, 705 “that fault is n. of yours,” R3 I, 1, 47. “our thoughts are ours, their ends n. of our own,” Hml. III, 2, 223.
Peculiar use: “he shall be n.; we'll keep him here,” R2 V, 2, 99 (== he shall not make one, not be one of the party).
Passages leading over to the following signification: “keep thy Hermia, I will n.” Mids. III, 2, 169 (I will not have her). “I'll n. now,” Ant. II, 5, 9 (I will not now play at billiards). “take it, God, for it is n. but thine,” H5 IV, 8, 117. lest it (her love) “should ravel and be good to n.” Gent. III, 2, 52 (to no suitor; or to nothing?). “means to live; of that there's n. or little,” Tp. II, 1, 51 (no means? or nothing?). “poor trespasses . . . whereof I reckon the casting forth to crows thy baby daughter to be or n. or little,” Wint. III, 2, 193. “if you can penetrate her with your fingering, so; we'll try with tongue too: if n. will do, let her remain,” Cymb. II, 3, 17.
3) nothing: “forbear, and eat no more. Why, I have eat n. yet,” As II, 7, 88. Usually followed by of: “away with the rest. I will have n. on't,” Tp. IV, 248. “you writ them; but I will n. of them,” Gent. II, 1, 133. “eat n. of it,” Err. II, 2, 61. “we'll n. of that,” Mids. V, 46. “I'll n. of it,” Shr. IV, 3, 100. Tw. I, 5, 321. II, 2, 13. H4A II, 1, 69. V, 1, 142. Mcb. V, 3, 47. “I will n. of thee,” Merch. III, 2, 102. All's V, 3, 149. Tw. I, 3, 113. II, 2, 9. Wint. II, 1, 3. H4B III, 2, 271. Troil. II, 3, 143. III, 1, 110. “that is the dowry of his wife; 'tis n. of his own getting,” As III, 3, 56. “you can eat n. of this homely diet,” All's II, 2, 48. “you can say n. of this,” Tw. V, 342. “privy to n. of this,” Wint. II, 1, 96. “fear n. of this,” IV, 4, 601. “n. of this could restrain the action,” H4B I, 1, 175.
4) == no, before a noun: “n. so small advantage shall step forth,” John III, 4, 151. “the late marriage made of n. effect,” H8 IV, 1, 33. “your Italy contains n. so accomplished a courtier,” Cymb. I, 4, 103 (none that is so accomplished a courtier); cf. “n. our parts so poor, but was a race of heaven,” Ant. I, 3, 36. “n. a stranger there so merry and so gamesome,” Cymb. I, 6, 59.
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