naught

  • 1 Naught — Naught, a. 1. Of no value or account; worthless; bad; useless. [1913 Webster] It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer. Prov. xx. 14. [1913 Webster] Go, get you to your house; begone, away! All will be naught else. Shak. [1913 Webster] Things… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Naught — (n[add]t), n. [OE. naught, nought, naht, nawiht, AS. n[=a]wiht, n[=a]uht, n[=a]ht; ne not + [=a] ever + wiht thing, whit; hence, not ever a whit. See {No}, adv. {Whit}, and cf. {Aught}, {Not}.] 1. Nothing. [Written also {nought}.] [1913 Webster]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 naught — naught, nought Naught is an archaic or literary word meaning ‘nothing’ and it survives chiefly in phrases such as come to naught or set at naught. In BrE nought is the term for the digit 0 (zero in AmE). The game called noughts and crosses in BrE …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 Naught — Naught, adv. In no degree; not at all. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] To wealth or sovereign power he naught applied. Fairfax. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 naught — [nôt] pron. [ME < OE nawiht < na (see NO1) + wiht (see WIGHT1, WHIT)] nothing n. 1. nothing 2. alt. sp. of NOUGHT …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 naught — [no:t US no:t] pron old use [: Old English; Origin: nawiht] nothing ▪ All their plans came to naught (=failed) …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 7 naught — [ nɔt ] noun uncount LITERARY nothing a. zero come to/be for naught to have no effect or fail completely …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 8 naught — naught; con·naught; …

    English syllables

  • 9 naught — index nullity Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 10 naught — (n.) O.E. nawiht nothing, lit no whit, from na no (from PIE root *ne no, not; see UN (Cf. un ) (1)) + wiht thing, creature, being (see WIGHT (Cf. wight)). Cognate with O.S. neowiht …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 11 naught — ► PRONOUN archaic ▪ nothing. ► NOUN N. Amer. ▪ nought. ORIGIN Old English …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 naught — /nɔt / (say nawt) noun 1. Archaic or Poetic nothing. 2. destruction, ruin, or complete failure: to bring to naught; to come to naught. 3. Chiefly US → nought (def. 1). –adjective Obsolete 4. worthless; useless. 5. lost; ruined. 6. morally bad;… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 13 naught — n. (lit.) 1) to come to naught 2) all for naught * * * [nɔːt] (lit.) to come to naught all for naught …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 naught — /nawt/, n. 1. nothing. 2. a cipher (0); zero. 3. come to naught, to come to nothing; be without result or fruition; fail. 4. set at naught, to regard or treat as of no importance; disdain: He entered a milieu that set his ideals at naught. adj. 5 …

    Universalium

  • 15 naught — noun (U) old use nothing: He cared naught for public opinion. | come to naught (=fail): All their plans came to naught …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 naught — n. & adj. n. 1 archaic or literary nothing, nought. 2 US = NOUGHT. adj. (usu. predic.) archaic or literary worthless; useless. Phrases and idioms: bring to naught ruin; baffle. come to naught be ruined or baffled. set at naught disregard; despise …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 17 naught — pronoun archaic nothing. noun N. Amer. variant spelling of nought. Phrases come to naught be ruined or foiled. set at naught archaic disregard; despise. Origin OE nāwiht, wuht, from nā no + wiht thing (see wight) …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 naught — See: GO FOR NOTHING also GO FOR NAUGHT …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 19 naught — See: GO FOR NOTHING also GO FOR NAUGHT …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 20 naught — I. pronoun also nought Etymology: Middle English nought, from Old English nāwiht, from nā no + wiht creature, thing more at no, wight Date: before 12th century nothing < efforts came to naught > II. noun also …

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