- a cipher (0); zero.
- lost; ruined.
- Archaic. worthless; useless.
- Obsolete. morally bad; wicked.
- Obsolete. not.
- come to naught, to come to nothing; be without result or fruition; fail.
- set at naught, to regard or treat as of no importance; disdain: He entered a milieu that set his ideals at naught.
Origin of naught
Examples from the Web for naught
According to Farmaner, the reforms of 2011 have largely come to naught.Myanmar’s Free Burma Rangers Are Like Doctors Without Borders…With Guns
April 19, 2014
But moments later there was a twist, and with it the fear that the prayers had been for naught.Colleen Ritzer Is the Second U.S. Math Teacher Slain in Two Days
October 24, 2013
Venus' Epic Fight, for Naught Long gone are the days when Venus Williams dominated tennis, but she sure still gives it her all.U.S. Open’s Delicious Week One: Serena and Sloane, Rafa and Roger, and More
September 1, 2013
Hoping that his hi-tech marketing wiles will not go for naught, Bennett will now try to torpedo the prize ceremony.The Game Show of Israeli Politics
August 2, 2013
In the end, all the praise and support from the international community was for naught.Why Palestinians Welcomed Fayyad’s Resignation
April 16, 2013
So it seemed that they had naught to fear, save the daily chance of life and death.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Of that performance let naught be spoken, save in reverence.Meadow Grass
I mind the time when her yellow arms were naught but bone and parchment.The Uncommercial Traveller
They, having eaten, had naught to do, and were only waiting a decent hour for departure.The Gentleman From Indiana
This time he thought he was dead himself; he was naught but an empty sepulchre.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- archaic, or literary nothing or nothingness; ruin or failure
- a variant spelling (esp US) of nought
- set at naught to have disregard or scorn for; disdain
- archaic, or literary not at allit matters naught
- obsolete worthless, ruined, or wicked
Word Origin and History for naught
Old English nawiht "nothing," lit "no whit," from na "no" (from PIE root *ne- "no, not;" see un- (1)) + wiht "thing, creature, being" (see wight). Cognate with Old Saxon neowiht "nothing," Old High German niwiht, Gothic ni waihts. It also developed an adjectival sense in Old English, "good for nothing," which by mid-16c. had focused to "morally bad, wicked." In arithmetic, "the figure zero" from 1640s.