Alternative forms edit
From Middle English nought, noght, noȝt, from Old English nōwiht, nāwiht, which in turn comes from ne-ā-wiht, which was a phrase used as an emphatic "no", meaning "not anything".  Equivalent to ne + ought or ne + a + wight. Doublet of naught and not.
nought (plural noughts)
- Nothing; something which does not exist.
- A thing or person of no worth or value; nil.
- (UK) Not any quantity of number; zero; the score of no points in a game.
- 0.4 — nought point four / zero point four
- (UK) The figure or character representing, or having the shape of, zero.
Derived terms edit
- (obsolete) Good for nothing; worthless.
- Wicked, immoral.
- To abase, to set at nought.
- 1393, Julian of Norwich, translated by Grace Warrack, Revelations of Divine Love, published 1901:
- In this naked word sin, our Lord brought to my mind, generally, all that is not good, and the shameful despite and the utter noughting that He bare for us in this life, and His dying; and all the pains and passions of all His creatures, ghostly and bodily; (for we be all partly noughted, and we shall be noughted following our Master, Jesus, till we be full purged, that is to say, till we be fully noughted of our deadly flesh and of all our inward affections which are not very good;)
- 2001, William Desmond, Ethics and the Between, page 507:
- Your usefulness is zero, your worth zero, and as zero you deserve to be treated as nothing, and in the extreme, noughted.
- 2003, Wu Wei Wei, The Tenth Man: The Great Joke (which Made Lazarus Laugh), →ISBN, page 81:
- What is the use of noughting yourself? Who is noughting who? What is the use of searching for yourself? Who is searching for who? There are not two of you ! You cannot find yourself, or the absence of yourself.
- Nothing; zero.
See also edit
- “nought”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- ^ Guy Deutscher, The Unfolding of Language, page 98.
Middle English edit
Alternative forms edit
- naȝt, naught, nauȝt, nawght, nawȝt, nofte, noght, nogt, nogthe, noȝt, noth, noughte, noughtt, nouȝt, nouȝte, nouȝth, nouȝthe, nouht, noust, nout, nouth, nowght, nowȝt, nowhte, nowt
- naht, naut, nawiht, nohht, noht (early)
- not (negates the accompanying verb)
- Þei ne bileveden hire nought. ― They didn't believe her.
- not (to no degree, extent, or way)
- Þou art nought weyke. ― You aren't weak.
- iniquitous, wicked
- valueless, worthless
- ineffectual, depleted
- powerless, useless
- null and void, invalid
- (rare) unfitting, improper
- nothing, nought
- nothingness, void
- (rare) evil, iniquity
- (rare) That which is worthless
- (rare) zero (number)
- “nought, pron.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
- “nought, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.