Know-nothing meaning

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A totally ignorant person; an ignoramus.
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An anti-intellectual.
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An agnostic.
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A member of a political party in the United States during the 1850s that was antagonistic toward recent immigrants and Roman Catholics.
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An ignorant person; ignoramus.
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(rare) An agnostic.
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A member of a secret political party in the U.S. in the 1850s with a program of keeping out of public office anyone not a native-born American.
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A member of a secret antiforeigner political organization in the nineteenth-century United States.
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Origin of know-nothing

  • Party members claimed to know nothing about the party when questioned.

    From Wiktionary