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verb (used with object) Scot.
  1. to own; possess.
  2. to owe (someone or something); be obligated to.
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  1. possessed of.
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  1. Archaic.
    1. ownership; possession.
    2. property; a possession.
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Origin of aught3

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


adjective Scot.
  1. eight.
  2. eighth.
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Origin of aught4

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

Historical Examples

  • Yu'd aughter be ashamed tu send a man egs that wa, anny how.

    The History of The Hen Fever

    George P. Burnham

  • 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

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

    Up Terrapin River

    Opie P. Read

British Dictionary definitions for aughter


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

archaic, or literary
  1. anything at all; anything whatever (esp in the phrase for aught I know)
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  1. dialect in any least part; to any degree
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Word Origin

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



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



"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.

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

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