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.

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Idioms for nothing

Origin of nothing

before 900; Middle English; Old English nānthing, nathing; see no2, thing1
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British Dictionary definitions for nothing doing

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 for nothing

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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Idioms and Phrases with nothing doing (1 of 2)

nothing doing

Certainly not, as in Can I borrow your down coat?—Nothing doing. This colloquial interjection was first recorded in 1910. Also see, no dice.

Idioms and Phrases with nothing doing (2 of 2)

nothing

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