zilch

[ zilch ]
/ zɪltʃ /

noun Slang.

zero; nothing: The search came up with zilch.

Origin of zilch

1965–70, Americanism; perhaps continuous with earlier zilch snafu, Mr. Zilch a character in Ballyhoo, a humor magazine first published in 1931; for sense cf. zip3
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zilch

/ (zɪltʃ) /

noun slang

nothing
US and Canadian sport nil

Word Origin for zilch

C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for zilch

zilch


n.

"nothing," 1966, from earlier sense of "meaningless speech" (1960), originally Mr. Zilch (1931), comic character in the magazine "Ballyhoo." Perhaps from U.S. college slang (early 1900s) Joe Zilsch "an insignificant person." Probably a nonsense syllable, but Zilch is an actual German surname of Slavic origin.

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