- naughty nineties,
- naughty step,
Origin of naught
Examples from the Web for naught
According to Farmaner, the reforms of 2011 have largely come to naught.Myanmar’s Free Burma Rangers Are Like Doctors Without Borders…With Guns|James Griffiths|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But moments later there was a twist, and with it the fear that the prayers had been for naught.Colleen Ritzer Is the Second U.S. Math Teacher Slain in Two Days|Michael Daly|October 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Venus' Epic Fight, for Naught Long gone are the days when Venus Williams dominated tennis, but she sure still gives it her all.U.S. Open’s Delicious Week One: Serena and Sloane, Rafa and Roger, and More|Nicholas McCarvel|September 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Hoping that his hi-tech marketing wiles will not go for naught, Bennett will now try to torpedo the prize ceremony.
In the end, all the praise and support from the international community was for naught.
"He will be so glad to see you back that I'm sure he will think of naught else," assured Alvin.The Launch Boys' Cruise in the Deerfoot|Edward S. Ellis
For perhaps the first time in his life the war-chief found himself set at naught.The Bridge of the Gods|Frederic Homer Balch
Naught save misery and despair could come to him from so faithless a woman.Joshua, Complete|Georg Ebers
We have naught to smash his boat with, but we'll just take it along with us.Blackbeard: Buccaneer|Ralph D. Paine
Night-blooming lilies, when the moon is hidden, Have naught but memories of beauty left.
Word Origin for naught
Old English nawiht "nothing," lit "no whit," from na "no" (from PIE root *ne- "no, not;" see un- (1)) + wiht "thing, creature, being" (see wight). Cognate with Old Saxon neowiht "nothing," Old High German niwiht, Gothic ni waihts. It also developed an adjectival sense in Old English, "good for nothing," which by mid-16c. had focused to "morally bad, wicked." In arithmetic, "the figure zero" from 1640s.
see come to nothing (naught).