Meaning of wouldn't in English:

wouldn't

contraction

  • Would not.

    • ‘Yet if you were opening a new pub wouldn't you love to have one of them to do the honours?’
    • ‘Then he turned up as a surprise and said he wouldn't miss walking me down the aisle for anything.’
    • ‘Initially he had said he would pose for photos but wouldn't speak to any journalists.’
    • ‘It seems to me most people may tell a joke privately which they wouldn't want broadcast.’
    • ‘He would write jokes down so he wouldn't forget them and then send them to people.’
    • ‘It's the one word that we all wish had never been invented and then maybe it wouldn't exist.’
    • ‘They loved its absurdities and wouldn't have wanted anyone to fix all that was wrong.’
    • ‘Had he been born in an earlier century, he wouldn't have got away with half of his exploits.’
    • ‘On set or location he does enjoy a challenge, and he loves the life of an actor and wouldn't swap it.’
    • ‘I wouldn't say the defeat today was anything to do with what has happened off the field.’
    • ‘I figured she wouldn't be able to stay in the pool for too long anyway, but I was wrong.’
    • ‘I don't think there was one of us that wouldn't move to the city right now given the chance.’
    • ‘If as much energy had been put into the discussions then we wouldn't be in this position now.’
    • ‘Simon must have had the phone and dropped it because it was in pieces, so it wouldn't work.’
    • ‘If they weren't good enough we wouldn't be where we are in fifth place in the table.’
    • ‘I mean, who wouldn't want to go to Japan to take photos of the World Cup and get paid for it?’
    • ‘We were very concerned that the service wouldn't be able to keep up with the amount of work.’
    • ‘Time with family and friends was so short that they wouldn't want to let each other go.’
    • ‘His job was a good one and it didn't matter that it wouldn't provide him with a pension.’
    • ‘If they were looking to raise a bit of money it wouldn't surprise me if they sold it.’

Phrases

    I wouldn't know
    informal
    • Used to indicate that one can't be expected to know the answer to someone's question or to comment on a matter.

      ‘‘It was a lot better than last year's dance.’ ‘I wouldn't know about that.’’
      • ‘I have strong opinions but I wouldn't know how to express them in dance.’
      • ‘I very rarely bought anything new and never wore make-up I wouldn't know how to apply it and would be afraid of looking too made up, so I never bought any.’
      • ‘If I said something that offended one of my students and they didn't tell me, I wouldn't know.’
      • ‘Asked if Rory had been picking his brains out there, Westwood quipped: ‘Not particularly, although I wouldn't know when my brain is being picked and when it's not.’’
      • ‘Shelly: ‘Because if I would sell this [her business] and I'd go up that driveway, I wouldn't know whether to go left or right, you know.’’
      • ‘If I'm right, maybe you should try making things more romantic in other ways; memories, glorious locations, little gestures - I wouldn't know about your relationship but you'd know what to go for.’
      • ‘I've never used a cheque in my life. I wouldn't know how to fill one out.’
      • ‘I don't think it's anyone special, I wouldn't know what the latest fashion is at all to be honest,’ she laughs.’
      • ‘If someone told me to weed these people out, I wouldn't know where to start.’
      • ‘Personally, I wouldn't know enough about art to have an opinion on it one way or the other,’ he said.’
      • ‘I mean, I think - just my own gut instinct, just - and I wouldn't know.’
      • ‘‘I am only a driver and without the card I wouldn't know how to finance my daughter's treatment,’ Suwardi said.’
      • ‘But, no, I wouldn't know what to tell you what would be a hit.’
      • ‘No one seems capable of keeping a solo blog, but if there were a few people in there who could, I wouldn't know, because I'm not going to slog through all the bad.’
      • ‘I must get a bit poorly sometimes, otherwise I wouldn't know what a head cold feels like, but I can't remember the last time I took a day off sick.’
      • ‘If I weren't in this field I wouldn't know what to do with my life.’
      • ‘But whether that's right or whether that's an old wives' story, I wouldn't know.’
      • ‘Frankly, I wouldn't know what was up and down on the Dow Jones if you tried to explain it to me through the medium of simple crayon-drawn pictures.’
      • ‘I bet people from San Francisco can spot an Oakland accent, but I wouldn't know.’
      • ‘Although to be fair, I don't know much about the rules of cricket, so it might be and I wouldn't know.’

Pronunciation

wouldn't

/ˈwʊd(ə)nt/