- 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
Examples from the Web for aughts
But during the aughts, the stunning actress had to fight back against being typecast.Jessica Alba on 'Sin City,' Typecasting, and How Homophobia Pushed Her Away From the Church
August 18, 2014
Early in the aughts, Wall Street whistled, and neither Clinton nor de Blasio barked.When Dems Loved Wall Street
January 6, 2014
Apple's products, though, are severely closed, yet it managed to rise to the top in the aughts.Steve Jobs, Philosopher-King CEO
February 19, 2013
In the aughts, GDP fell by 5.1 percent, nearly twice as much.Burning Down the House: A Little History
June 7, 2012
I told you all a million times: In the aughts, things happened, and I had to create my own reality.America’s Dysfunctional Family Dynamic
July 26, 2011
"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
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 aughts
"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.