- nothing; naught; zero.
- having no value or existence: His credit rating is nil.
Origin of nil
- to wonder at nothing.
- never despair.
Examples from the Web for nil
Contemporary Examples of nil
They knew that as much as they tried to make up for it with brute force, their cultural power was nil.Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage
October 16, 2014
USA had four points (three for a win over Ghana, one for the draw with Portugal, nil for Thursday's defeat).Why It’s Still OK to Hate Sexy Bastard Cristiano Ronaldo After He Saved Team USA
June 26, 2014
The chances of even the most “conscious” rap creating a return to the Great Society were nil.How Barack and Michelle Have Normalized Black Prominence
May 30, 2014
Sadly, the chances of the government taking any notice are pretty close to nil.Britain’s Weight Crisis Almost Hits U.S. Proportions
February 21, 2013
They may be nil, they may be enormous, or (more likely) they may fall somewhere in between.Why I Supported The Palestine U.N. Vote
November 30, 2012
Historical Examples of nil
Nil admirari is the motto of the Man of Taste in Building, where he is naturally at home.De Libris: Prose and Verse
The practical effect of this was nil, for there was no longer anything to enforce.A History of the United States
At Dover the dock-people had generously charged me “nil” for dues.The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"
In this little paper let us keep to the text of nil nisi bonum.Roundabout Papers
William Makepeace Thackeray
Nil desperandum; keep up your courage, and all will go well.The Young Llanero
- another word for nothing: used esp in the scoring of certain games
Word Origin for nil
- never despair
Word Origin for nil desperandum
"nothing," 1833, from Latin nil, contraction of nihil, nihilum "nothing, not at all; in vain," from ne- "not" (see un-) + hilum "small thing, trifle," of unknown origin.