- anything whatever; any part: for aught I know.
- Archaic. in any degree; at all; in any respect.
Origin of aught1
- a cipher (0); zero.
- aughts, the first decade of any century, especially the years 1900 through 1909 or 2000 through 2009.
Origin of aught2
- to own; possess.
- to owe (someone or something); be obligated to.
- possessed of.
- ownership; possession.
- property; a possession.
Origin of aught3
Origin of aught4
Examples from the Web for 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
- anything at all; anything whatever (esp in the phrase for aught I know)
- dialect in any least part; to any degree
- a less common word for nought
Word Origin and History 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.