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aught

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English aught, ought, from Old English āht, from ā (always", "ever) + wiht (thing", "creature). More at aye, wight

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PronounEdit

aught

  1. anything whatever, any part.
    • 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
    • Addison
      But go, my son, and see if aught be wanting.
    • 1912: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 5
      His life among these fierce apes had been happy; for his recollection held no other life, nor did he know that there existed within the universe aught else than his little forest and the wild jungle animals with which he was familiar.
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EtymologyEdit

Use for "zero" by confusion with naught. Used among what were once called "Non-U" speakers of English.

NounEdit

aught (plural aughts)

  1. whit, the smallest part, iota.
  2. (archaic) zero
  3. The digit zero as the decade in years. For example, aught-nine for 1909 or 2009.
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AdverbEdit

aught (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) At all, in any degree, in any respect.

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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English aught, ought, from Old English ǣht, from āgan (to owe", "to own)

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NounEdit

aught (plural aughts)

  1. Property; possession
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
  2. Duty; place; office

VerbEdit

aught (third-person singular simple present aughts, present participle aughting, simple past and past participle aughted)

  1. to own, possess
  2. to owe, be obliged or obligated to

AdjectiveEdit

aught (comparative more aught, superlative most aught)

  1. possessed of

Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English ahte, from Old English eahta (eight). More at eight.

NumeralEdit

aught

  1. Obsolete or dialectal form of eight.