AskDefine | Define aught

Dictionary Definition

aught n : a quantity of no importance; "it looked like nothing I had ever seen before"; "reduced to nil all the work we had done"; "we racked up a pathetic goose egg"; "it was all for naught"; "I didn't hear zilch about it" [syn: nothing, nil, nix, nada, null, cipher, cypher, goose egg, naught, zero, zilch, zip]

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English

Etymology

From aught, ought < eht.

Pronunciation

  • , /ɔːt/
  • Rhymes with: -ɔːt

Alternative spellings

Pronoun

  1. anything
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 29.
      to other objects, which for aught we know, may be only in appearance similar ;
  2. zero

See also

Translations

anything
  • Portuguese: nada
  • Russian: что-нибудь
zero
  • Portuguese: zero
  • Russian: ноль

Adverb

  1. At all, in any degree.

References

Webster 1913

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aggrandize, any, any one, anybody, anyone, anything, augment, beef up, boost, cipher, either, enlarge, exalt, expand, extend, goose egg, heighten, hike, magnify, multiply, nada, naught, nichts, nihil, nil, nix, no such thing, nothing, nothing at all, nothing on earth, nothing whatever, raise, some, something, somewhat, thing of naught, zero, zilch
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