nought

[ nawt ]
/ nɔt /

noun, adjective, adverb

Origin of nought

before 900; Middle English; Old English nōht, contraction of nōwiht, equivalent to ne not + ōwiht aught1

Can be confused

naught nought

Definition for nought (2 of 2)

naught

or nought

[ nawt ]
/ nɔt /

noun

a cipher (0); zero.

adjective

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

adverb

Obsolete. not.

Origin of naught

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

Can be confused

naught nought
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British Dictionary definitions for nought (1 of 2)

nought

/ (nɔːt) /

noun Also: naught, ought, aught

the digit 0; zero: used esp in counting or numbering

noun, adjective, adverb

a variant spelling of naught

Word Origin for nought

Old English nōwiht, from ne not, no + ōwiht something; see whit

British Dictionary definitions for nought (2 of 2)

naught

/ (nɔːt) /

noun

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

adverb

archaic, or literary not at allit matters naught

adjective

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 nought

naught

see come to nothing (naught).


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