Origin of aught1
Origin of aught2
verb (used with object) Scot.
- ownership; possession.
- property; a possession.
Origin of aught3
Origin of aught4
Examples from the Web for aught
Historical Examples of aught
But, oh, these wild words of thine are worse to mine ears than aught which you could say of me.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
For aught he knew, she might already have escaped or be married to Peter Brome.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
I may rue my opposition as long as I live, for aught she knows.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
She asked her if she had aught to complain of in her situation.
Hereupon, Mr. Godfrey asked if there was aught evil in the book.
ought used with a negative or in conditional or interrogative sentences or clauses
Word Origin for aught
"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.