Origin of nought
- 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 nought
Why should we tarry any longer to see everything moiled and set at nought?
I said nought to him, for I trow thou wouldst not have him know thy plight!
The castle is taken and on fire, the seneschal is slain, and there is nought left for us.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
He took sabbatarianism as a type of the things that should be set at nought.De Profundis
"But nought have I to pay thee with, good fellow," quoth the Tinker.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
- the digit 0; zero: used esp in counting or numbering
- a variant spelling of naught
- 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 nought
Old English nowiht "nothing," variant of nawiht (see naught). Meaning "zero, cipher" is from early 15c. Expression for nought "in vain" is late 13c. To come to nought is from 1590s.
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.