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aught1

or ought

[awt]
noun
  1. anything whatever; any part: for aught I know.
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adverb
  1. Archaic. in any degree; at all; in any respect.
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Origin of aught1

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

aught2

or ought

[awt]
noun
  1. a cipher (0); zero.
  2. aughts, the first decade of any century, especially the years 1900 through 1909 or 2000 through 2009.
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Origin of aught2

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

aught3

[awkht]
verb (used with object) Scot.
  1. to own; possess.
  2. to owe (someone or something); be obligated to.
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adjective
  1. possessed of.
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noun
  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
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Related Words

zerocipherzilchanything

Examples from the Web for aughts

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • "Ay, and aughts," replied Sancho, and in replying he let the stream wash his fingers.

    The Story of Don Quixote

    Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra


British Dictionary definitions for aughts

aught1

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

archaic, or literary
pronoun
  1. anything at all; anything whatever (esp in the phrase for aught I know)
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adverb
  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

aught2

ought

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

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.

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aught

n.2

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

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