aught

1

or ought

[ awt ]
/ ɔt /

noun

anything whatever; any part: for aught I know.

adverb

Archaic. in any degree; at all; in any respect.

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Origin of aught

1
before 1000; Middle English aught, ought, Old English āht, āwiht, ōwiht, equivalent to ā, ō ever + wiht thing, wight1

Definition for aughts (2 of 3)

aught2

or ought

[ awt ]
/ ɔt /

noun

a cipher (0); zero.
aughts, the first decade of any century, especially the years 1900 through 1909 or 2000 through 2009.

Origin of aught

2
a naught, taken as an aught (cf. auger). See naught

Definition for aughts (3 of 3)

aught3
[ 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.

Origin of aught

3
before 1000; Middle English; Old English æht; cognate with Old High German ēht, Gothic aihts; akin to owe, own
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British Dictionary definitions for aughts (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 aughts (2 of 2)

aught2

ought

/ (ɔːt) /

noun

a less common word for nought
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