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Naught \Naught\, a.

  1. Of no value or account; worthless; bad; useless.

    It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer.
    --Prov. xx. 14.

    Go, get you to your house; begone, away! All will be naught else.

    Things naught and things indifferent.

  2. Hence, vile; base; naughty. [Obs.]

    No man can be stark naught at once.


Naught \Naught\ (n[add]t), n. [OE. naught, nought, naht, nawiht, AS. n[=a]wiht, n[=a]uht, n[=a]ht; ne not + [=a] ever + wiht thing, whit; hence, not ever a whit. See No, adv. Whit, and cf. Aught, Not.]

  1. Nothing. [Written also nought.]

    Doth Job fear God for naught?
    --Job i. 9.

  2. The arithmetical character 0; a cipher. See Cipher.

    To set at naught, to treat as of no account; to disregard; to despise; to defy; to treat with ignominy. ``Ye have set at naught all my counsel.''
    --Prov. i. 25.


Naught \Naught\, adv. In no degree; not at all.

To wealth or sovereign power he naught applied.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English nawiht "nothing," lit "no whit," from na "no" (from PIE root *ne- "no, not;" see un- (1)) + wiht "thing, creature, being" (see wight). Cognate with Old Saxon neowiht "nothing," Old High German niwiht, Gothic ni waihts. It also developed an adjectival sense in Old English, "good for nothing," which by mid-16c. had focused to "morally bad, wicked." In arithmetic, "the figure zero" from 1640s.


n. 1 (context UK Ireland Australia NZ English) (''now rare or archaic in US, Canada'') zero. 2 (context UK Ireland Australia NZ English) (''now rare or archaic in US, Canada'') nothing; nothingness. pron. nothing

  1. 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, aught, cipher, cypher, goose egg, zero, zilch, zip]

  2. complete failure; "all my efforts led to naught"

Naught (album)

Naught is the second full-length album by Stolen Babies. Named by Rani Sharone, bassist for Stolen Babies, Naught represents hopelessness: all for naught. This album is darker than the prior album, There Be Squabbles Ahead. Many of the songs on Naught hit close to home for many of the members of Stolen Babies, and is a representation of their experiences at that time. The album was released on September 18, 2012 in digital download format and on October 16, 2012 in CD format through No Comment Records. On September 17, 2012, the album was made available for streaming on Soundcloud and Naught was voted #1 in Revolver's "Album of the Week" readers poll on October 22, 2012 and #7 in The Village Voice Blog's "Ten Best Metal Albums of 2012" by Linda Leseman.

Usage examples of "naught".

So they abode a little, and the more part of what talk there was came from the Lady, and she was chiefly asking Ralph of his home in Upmeads, and his brethren and kindred, and he told her all openly, and hid naught, while her voice ravished his very soul from him, and it seemed strange to him, that such an one should hold him in talk concerning these simple matters and familiar haps, and look on him so kindly and simply.

So Richard trotted on, and while they abode him, Ralph asked after his brethren, and Blaise told him that he had seen or heard naught of them.

Howbeit he had looked on the King closely and wisely, and deemed that he was both cruel and guileful, so that he rejoiced that he had spoken naught of Ursula, and he was minded to keep her within gates all the while they abode at Cheaping-Knowe.

But Conan doubted, for once, in a gold-barred cage in an Hyrkanian city, he had seen an abysmal sad-eyed beast which men told him was an ape, and there had been about it naught of the demoniac malevolence which vibrated in the shrieking laughter that echoed from the black jungle.

He, attempting to force the sworn word of a warrior, knew naught of my presence till my left hand had taken him by the hair, forcing his head back exposing his throat to the point of my dagger.

You fight so hard against Broc you see naught but that which causes him the most grief.

Sir James be not well enough versed in the use of sword and buckler to overcome Sir Malud, for even were his strength the strength of ten men it shall avail him naught without the skill to use it.

So before the subject was even broached I went into my Cabbalist act and gave Ed and Elsie to believe that I was naught more than an errand-boy for a legion of wizards and alchemists in the Islands of Solomon.

Were the Caphars to learn now of my intrigue with the emperor, my plans might well come to naught.

The air was a mist of suspended blood around the patron god of assassins, and before Cutter drew his fourth breath since the battle began, it was over, and around Cotillion there was naught but corpses.

CHAPTER 11 They Come to the Vale of Sweet Chestnuts When they went on their way next morning they found little change in the pass, and they rode the dread highway daylong, and it was still the same: so they rested a little before nightfall at a place where there was water running out of the rocks, but naught else for their avail.

But as to me, I deemed it naught, and was sorry that my white-bosomed, sweet-breathed friend should walk away from me thus into the clouds.

Ralph deemed it naught dreadful, but an armoury fit for a baron, to wit, a black bear on a castle-wall on a field of gold.

For in such wise she spake of thee, that I deemed that naught would sunder you save death.

Naught befell to tell of, save that twice in the night Ralph deemed that he heard a lion roar.