Last time we looked at SKIP LOCKED where rows locked by another process were skipped. NOWAIT informs the server to return immediately IF the desired rows can not be locked.
How To Use NOWAIT
Start a connection to your MySQL 8 server, start a transaction, and make a query to lock up part of the data.
mysql>SELECT * FROM city WHERE countryCode = 'USA' FOR UPDATE;
On a second connection, start a transaction and issue a SELECT query with NOWAIT.
mysql>SELECT * FROM city WHERE countryCode = 'USA' FOR UPDATE NOWAIT;
The second connection will get a message saying 'statement aborted because lock(s) could not be acquired immediately and NOWAIT is SET
So if you can come back later to lock the records or just can not wait around for your lock to be issued, NOWAIT is the keyword to add to your queries.