English - Etymology
Middle English noght, from Old English nÅwiht, which in turn comes from ne-Å-wiht which was a phrase used as an emphatic no meaning "not a thing". Eventually this degenerated into 'nought', 'nawt' and then 'not'.
English - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /nÉËt/
- Rhymes: -ÉËt
English - Noun
- Nothing; something which does not exist.
- A thing or person of no worth or value; nil.
- Not any quantity of number; zero; the score of no points in a game.
- The figure or character representing, or having the shape of, zero.
English - Adjective
English - Verb
To abase, to set at nought.
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;)
- 1983, Walker Percy, Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book, page 25
- 2001, William Desmond, Ethics and the Between, page 507
- 2003, Wu Wei Wei, The Tenth Man: The Great Joke (which Made Lazarus Laugh) (ISBN 1591810078), page 81:
- 1393, Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love, translated by Grace Warrack, 1901