Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.
1. Someone or something that does not arrive at a location as expected. I don't even bother inviting her to parties anymore because she's always a no-show. We were hoping to catch a glimpse of the eagle returning to the nest, but it looks like it's a no-show today.
2. The act of not making an expected arrival. The event had to be cancelled because of a no-show by the caterers.
no showand no-show
n. someone who doesn’t show up for something, such as an airline flight. The flight was canceled because there were too many no-shows.
See no show
An individual who is expected but fails to appear, such as an airline passenger, invited party guest, or the like. The term dates from the first half of the 1900s and has become a cliché. It has also been extended to describe a paid position for which no work, or even attendance, is expected. Thus Time referred to “fictitious ‘no-shows’ or ‘ghost’ workers on the Schiavone payroll” (November 28, 1983). But the more common usage appears in the University of New Mexico’s student health rules, “There is a $20 no-show/late cancellation fee,” or the CBS News announcement, “Fidel Castro No-Show at Revolution Anniversary Rally” (July 26, 2010).