[nuhth-ing] /ˈnʌθ ɪŋ/
no thing; not anything; naught:
to say nothing.
no part, share, or trace (usually followed by of):
The house showed nothing of its former magnificence.
something that is nonexistent.
The sound faded to nothing.
something or someone of no importance or significance:
Money is nothing when you’re without health.
a trivial action, matter, circumstance, thing, or remark:
to exchange a few nothings when being introduced.
a person of little or no importance; a nobody.
something that is without quantity or magnitude.
a cipher or naught:
Nothing from nine leaves nine.
(used in conventional responses to expressions of thanks):
Think nothing of it. It’s nothing. Nothing to it.
in no respect or degree; not at all:
It was nothing like that. Nothing dismayed, he repeated his question.
amounting to nothing, as in offering no prospects for satisfaction, advancement, or the like:
She was stuck in a nothing job.
in nothing flat, in very little time:
Dinner was finished in nothing flat.
make nothing of,
nothing but, nothing other than; only:
We could see nothing but fog.
nothing less than / short of, absolutely; completely:
She was used to nothing less than the best.
think nothing of,
(indefinite) no thing; not anything, as of an implied or specified class of things: I can give you nothing
no part or share: to have nothing to do with this crime
a matter of no importance or significance: it doesn’t matter, it’s nothing
indicating the absence of anything perceptible; nothingness
indicating the absence of meaning, value, worth, etc: to amount to nothing
zero quantity; nought
be nothing to
have nothing to do with, be nothing to do with, to have no connection with
have nothing on, have got nothing on
(informal) in nothing flat, in almost no time; very quickly or soon
nothing but, not something other than; only
(informal) nothing doing, an expression of dismissal, disapproval, lack of compliance with a request, etc
nothing if not, at the very least; certainly
nothing less than, nothing short of, downright; truly
there’s nothing for it, there’s no choice; there’s no other course
there’s nothing like, a general expression of praise: there’s nothing like a good cup of tea
there’s nothing to it, it is very simple, easy, etc
think nothing of
to say nothing of, as well as; even disregarding: he was warmly dressed in a shirt and heavy jumper, to say nothing of his thick overcoat
stop at nothing, to be prepared to do anything; be unscrupulous or ruthless
in no way; not at all: he looked nothing like his brother
(informal) a person or thing of no importance or significance
sweet nothings, words of endearment or affection
Old English naþing, naðinc, from nan “not one” (see none) + þing “thing” (see thing). Meaning “insignificant thing” is from c.1600. As an adverb from c.1200. As an adjective from 1961.
Inane; lacking charm, talent, interest, etc; worthless: That was a real nothing experience (1950s+)
dance on air, do someone nothing, know from nothing
- Nothing flat
Related Terms in nothing flat
- Nothing like
see: not anything like
notanencephalia no·tan·en·ce·pha·li·a (nō’tān-ěn-sə-fā’lē-ə, -fāl’yə) n. A malformation marked by defective development or absence of the cerebellum.
- Nothing new under the sun
A phrase adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes; the author complains frequently in the book about the monotony of life. The entire passage reads, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” […]