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[nout] /naʊt/
noun, plural nowt. Scot. and North England.
an ox.
a herd of cattle.
Origin of nowt1
1150-1200; Middle English < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse naut, neat2


[noht] /noʊt/
noun, British Dialect.
naught; nothing. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for nowt
Historical Examples
  • Folks say father and son are as like as peas, but nowt of the sort.

  • But don't the folk see that his wife as it might be, Miss Greta as was, won't have nowt to say to him?

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • "'Appen 'twas nowt," the postman at length allowed, peering cautiously about.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • Just fit for nowt else but cuttin' up t' bait for t' harrin' fishin'.'

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease
  • "It's nowt as can be cured," said the lad, and turned his quiet face away.

    "Seth" Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • "Mark the power of that one word, 'nowt,'" said the late Thomas Aird.

    Robert Burns Principal Shairp.
  • "All that was nowt to our fight off Panama in the spring of 'eighty," he growled.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
  • There was nowt to do, but off to t' priest, an' th' job waur done.

  • I dunnot say for 'em to say nowt, but I do say for 'em not to be so dom'd free an' easy about it.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • "I'm tired o' doin' nowt but mope i' th' house," Liz fretted.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's Frances Hodgson Burnett
British Dictionary definitions for nowt


(Northern English) a dialect word for nothing
Word Origin
from naught


(Scot & Northern English) a dialect word for bullock, cattle
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse naut; see neat²
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