or nought

[ nawt ]
/ nɔt /


a cipher (0); zero.


lost; ruined.
Archaic. worthless; useless.
Obsolete. morally bad; wicked.


Obsolete. not.


    come to naught, to come to nothing; be without result or fruition; fail.
    set at naught, to regard or treat as of no importance; disdain: He entered a milieu that set his ideals at naught.

Origin of naught

before 900; Middle English; Old English nauht, nāwiht ( no1 + wiht thing). See nought, wight1, whit

Can be confused

naught nought Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for naught


/ (nɔːt) /


archaic, or literary nothing or nothingness; ruin or failure
a variant spelling (esp US) of nought
set at naught to have disregard or scorn for; disdain


archaic, or literary not at allit matters naught


obsolete worthless, ruined, or wicked

Word Origin for naught

Old English nāwiht, from no 1 + wiht thing, person; see wight 1, whit
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Idioms and Phrases with naught


see come to nothing (naught).

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