aught

3
[ awkht ]
/ ɔxt /

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.

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Origin of aught

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

Definition for aughter (2 of 2)

aught4
[ awkht ]
/ ɔxt /

adjective Scot.

Origin of aught

4
Middle English aghte, aughte, variant of eighte; see eight
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Example sentences from the Web for aughter

  • W'en I wuz erbout fifty years ole, de notion got inter my head dat I aughter preach.

    Up Terrapin River|Opie P. Read
  • I begged, because she aughter know that is a sore point with me and not intention, and she had me on the raw.

    Believe You Me!|Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • Yu'd aughter be ashamed tu send a man egs that wa, anny how.

British Dictionary definitions for aughter (1 of 2)

aught1

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

British Dictionary definitions for aughter (2 of 2)

aught2

ought

/ (ɔːt) /

noun

a less common word for nought
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