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definition of the word nought

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From Old English nōwiht



nought (plural noughts)

  1. Nothing; something which does not exist.
  2. A thing or person of no worth or value; nil.
  3. Not any quantity of number; zero; the score of no points in a game.
  4. The figure or character representing, or having the shape of, zero.


  1. (obsolete) Good for nothing; worthless.
    • 1611 "It is nought, it is nought, saith the buyer, but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth." Proverbs 20:14 (King James Version)
  2. Wicked, immoral.
    • "No man can be stark nought at once." Fuller.
  3. Zero.
    • You got nought (marks out of 100)

to nought

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Simple past

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to nought (third-person singular simple present noughts, present participle noughting, simple past and past participle noughted)

  1. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (transitive) To disregard; to despise.
  2. To set at nought.
  3. To abase.
    • 1393, Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love, translated by Grace Warrack, 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;)
    • 2000, Walker Percy, Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book, page 25
      The nought which is you has devoured the style and been sustained for a while as a non-you until the style is emptied out by the noughting self.
    • 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.


  1. To no extent; in no way; not at all.
  2. Not.


  1. Nothing; zero.

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