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noun, plural nowt. Scot. and North England.
  1. an ox.
  2. a herd of cattle.
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Origin of nowt1

1150–1200; Middle English < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse naut, neat2


noun British Dialect.
  1. naught; nothing.
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Examples from the Web for nowt

Historical Examples

  • Folks say father and son are as like as peas, but nowt of the sort.

    The Shadow of a Crime

    Hall Caine

  • But don't the folk see that his wife as it might be, Miss Greta as was, won't have nowt to say to him?

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • "'Appen 'twas nowt," the postman at length allowed, peering cautiously about.

    Bob, Son of Battle

    Alfred Ollivant

  • Just fit for nowt else but cuttin' up t' bait for t' harrin' fishin'.'

  • "It's nowt as can be cured," said the lad, and turned his quiet face away.


    Frances Hodgson Burnett

British Dictionary definitions for nowt


  1. Northern English a dialect word for nothing
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Word Origin

from naught


  1. Scot and Northern English a dialect word for bullock, cattle
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Word Origin

C13: from Old Norse naut; see neat ²
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