nothing

[ nuhth-ing ]
/ ˈnʌθ ɪŋ /

noun

adverb

in no respect or degree; not at all: It was nothing like that. Nothing dismayed, he repeated his question.

adjective

amounting to nothing, as in offering no prospects for satisfaction, advancement, or the like: She was stuck in a nothing job.

Nearby words

  1. notes,
  2. notes inégales,
  3. noteworthy,
  4. noteć,
  5. nother,
  6. nothing but,
  7. nothing doing,
  8. nothing if not,
  9. nothing like,
  10. nothing new under the sun

Idioms

Origin of nothing

before 900; Middle English; Old English nānthing, nathing; see no2, thing1

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British Dictionary definitions for nothing

nothing

/ (ˈnʌθɪŋ) /

pronoun

adverb

in no way; not at allhe looked nothing like his brother

noun

informal a person or thing of no importance or significance
sweet nothings words of endearment or affection

Word Origin for nothing

Old English nāthing, nān thing, from nān none 1 + thing 1

usage

Nothing normally takes a singular verb, but when nothing but is followed by a plural form of a noun, a plural verb is usually used: it was a large room where nothing but souvenirs were sold

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Word Origin and History for nothing

nothing

n.

Old English naþing, naðinc, from nan "not one" (see none) + þing "thing" (see thing). Meaning "insignificant thing" is from c.1600. As an adverb from c.1200. As an adjective from 1961.

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Idioms and Phrases with nothing

nothing

In addition to the idioms beginning with nothing

  • nothing but
  • nothing doing
  • nothing if not
  • nothing like
  • nothing new under the sun
  • nothing of the kind
  • nothing short of
  • nothing to do with
  • nothing to it, there's
  • nothing to sneeze at
  • nothing to speak of
  • nothing to write home about
  • nothing ventured, nothing gained

also see:

  • come to nothing
  • count for (nothing)
  • go for nothing
  • have nothing on
  • have nothing to do with
  • here goes (nothing)
  • in no time (nothing flat)
  • leave a lot (nothing) to be desired
  • make nothing of
  • make something of (nothing)
  • much ado about nothing
  • not know beans (from nothing)
  • not to mention (say nothing of)
  • stop at nothing
  • sweet nothings
  • think nothing of
  • want for nothing
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