Naught



[nawt] /nɔt/

noun
1.
.
2.
a cipher (0); zero.
adjective
3.
lost; ruined.
4.
Archaic. worthless; useless.
5.
Obsolete. morally bad; wicked.
adverb
6.
Obsolete. .
Idioms
7.
come to naught, to come to nothing; be without result or fruition; fail.
8.
set at naught, to regard or treat as of no importance; disdain:
He entered a milieu that set his ideals at naught.
/nɔːt/
noun
1.
(archaic or literary) nothing or nothingness; ruin or failure
2.
a variant spelling (esp US) of nought
3.
set at naught, to have disregard or scorn for; disdain
adverb
4.
(archaic or literary) not at all: it matters naught
adjective
5.
(obsolete) worthless, ruined, or wicked
n.

Old English nawiht “nothing,” lit “no whit,” from na “no” (from PIE root *ne- “no, not;” see un- (1)) + wiht “thing, creature, being” (see wight). Cognate with Old Saxon neowiht “nothing,” Old High German niwiht, Gothic ni waihts. It also developed an adjectival sense in Old English, “good for nothing,” which by mid-16c. had focused to “morally bad, wicked.” In arithmetic, “the figure zero” from 1640s.
see: come to nothing (naught)

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