aught

1

or ought

[awt]

noun

anything whatever; any part: for aught I know.

adverb

Archaic. in any degree; at all; in any respect.

Origin of aught

1
before 1000; Middle English aught, ought, Old English āht, āwiht, ōwiht, equivalent to ā, ō ever + wiht thing, wight1

aught

2

or ought

[awt]

noun

a cipher (0); zero.
aughts, the first decade of any century, especially the years 1900 through 1909 or 2000 through 2009.

Origin of aught

2
a naught, taken as an aught (cf. auger). See naught

aught

3
[awkht]

verb (used with object) Scot.

to own; possess.
to owe (someone or something); be obligated to.

adjective

possessed of.

noun

Archaic.
  1. ownership; possession.
  2. property; a possession.

Origin of aught

3
before 1000; Middle English; Old English æht; cognate with Old High German ēht, Gothic aihts; akin to owe, own

aught

4
[awkht]

adjective Scot.

Origin of aught

4
Middle English aghte, aughte, variant of eighte; see eight
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Related Words for aught

zero, cipher, zilch, anything

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British Dictionary definitions for aught

aught

1

ought used with a negative or in conditional or interrogative sentences or clauses

archaic, or literary

pronoun

anything at all; anything whatever (esp in the phrase for aught I know)

adverb

dialect in any least part; to any degree

Word Origin for aught

Old English āwiht, from ā ever, ay 1 + wiht thing; see wight 1

aught

2

ought

noun

a less common word for nought
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Word Origin and History for aught
n.1

"something," Old English awiht "aught, anything, something," literally "e'er a whit," from Proto-Germanic *aiwi "ever" (from PIE *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity;" see eon) + *wihti "thing, anything whatever" (see wight). In Shakespeare, Milton and Pope, aught and ought occur indiscriminately.

n.2

"nothing, zero," faulty separation of a naught (see naught; cf. also adder for the separation problem).

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