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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nothing, nil, nix, nada, null, aught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, naught, zero, zilch, zip, zipponoun

    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"

  2. naughtnoun

    complete failure

    "all my efforts led to naught"


  1. naughtnoun

    (now rare or archaic in US, Canada) Zero.

    Yet another naught on the scoreboard for the home team.

  2. naughtnoun

    (now rare or archaic in US, Canada) Nothing; nothingness.

  3. naughtpronoun


  4. Etymology: From the naught, nought, naht, nawiht, from nawiht, "no whit".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NAUGHTadjective

    Bad; corrupt; worthless.

    Etymology: naht, nawhiht , Saxon; that is, ne aught, not any thing.

    With them that are able to put a difference between things naught and things indifferent in the church of Rome, we are yet at controversy about the manner of removing that which is naught. Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    Thy sister’s naught: Oh Regan! she hath tied
    Sharp-tooth’d unkindness like a vulture here. William Shakespeare.

  2. Naughtnoun

    Nothing. This is commonly, though improperly, written nought. See Aught and Ought.

    Be you contented
    To have a son set your decrees at naught,
    To pluck down justice from your awful bench. William Shakespeare.


  1. naught

    0 (zero) is a number representing an empty quantity. In place-value notation such as the Hindu–Arabic numeral system, 0 also serves as a placeholder numerical digit, which works by multiplying digits to the left of 0 by the radix, usually by 10. As a number, 0 fulfills a central role in mathematics as the additive identity of the integers, real numbers, and other algebraic structures. Common names for the number 0 in English are zero, nought, naught (), nil. In contexts where at least one adjacent digit distinguishes it from the letter O, the number is sometimes pronounced as oh or o (). Informal or slang terms for 0 include zilch and zip. Historically, ought, aught (), and cipher, have also been used.


  1. naught

    Naught is a term originating from Old English, often used in British English, which means nothing or zero. It can also indicate the absence or lack of something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Naughtadverb


  2. Naughtadverb

    the arithmetical character 0; a cipher. See Cipher

  3. Naughtadverb

    in no degree; not at all

  4. Naughtadjective

    of no value or account; worthless; bad; useless

  5. Naughtadjective

    hence, vile; base; naughty

  6. Etymology: [OE. naught, nought, naht, nawiht, AS. nwiht, nuht, nht; ne not + ever + wiht thing, whit; hence, not ever a whit. See No, adv. Whit, and cf. Aught, Not.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Naught

    nawt, n. no-whit, nothing.—adv. in no degree.—adj. of no value or account: worthless: bad.—Be naught, an obsolete form of malediction; Come to naught, to come to nothing, to fail; Set at naught, to treat as of no account, to despise. [Another form of nought. A.S. náht, náwiht, not, wiht, a whit.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of naught in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of naught in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of naught in a Sentence

  1. Rob Murphy:

    All you have to do to get rid of an epidemic is to have The R-naught factor be less than one. As soon as it's less than one -- each person gives it to less than one other person -- it dies off, the problem with The R-naught factor is, it's very nice to describe the average. However, in medicine, as in many things, if you find an average person let me know ; I want to go meet them.

  2. Lori Lightfoot:

    If people don't feel safe, literally nothing else matters. We've made tremendous progress, our economy is opening up, we did a vaccine distribution and other Covid related mitigations, all of that is for naught if people can't walk down the street.

  3. Beauton Gilbow:

    I'm so sorry. I've devoted the last 15 years to taking care of these boys and really to shaping their morals. Now it's all for naught.

  4. Zhou Li:

    There's too much panic around defaults, whenever a company defaults, people would assume the (bond) value would be wiped out to naught. But that's not the case.

  5. Emma Goldman:

    Crime is naught but misdirected energy.

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