nothing


1noth·ing

pronoun \ˈnə-thiŋ\

: not anything : not a thing

: someone or something that has no interest, value, or importance

Full Definition of NOTHING

1
:  not any thing :  no thing <leaves nothing to the imagination>
2
:  no part
3
:  one of no interest, value, or consequence <they mean nothing to me>
nothing doing
:  by no means :  definitely no
nothing for it
:  no alternative <nothing for it but to start over>

Examples of NOTHING

  1. There's nothing in my hands.
  2. She knows nothing of our plans.
  3. You have nothing to worry about.
  4. There's nothing fun to do around here.
  5. You think that's bad? It's nothing compared to what I went through.
  6. Don't get all upset over nothing.
  7. Your opinion means nothing to me.
  8. Are you hurt? Don't worry. It's nothing.

Origin of NOTHING

Middle English, from Old English nān thing, nāthing, from nān no + thing thing — more at none
First Known Use: before 12th century

2nothing

adverb

: not at all : in no way

Full Definition of NOTHING

:  not at all :  in no degree
nothing like
:  not nearly <it's nothing like thorough enough>

Examples of NOTHING

  1. She is nothing like her sister.
  2. It's nothing close to finished.

First Known Use of NOTHING

12th century

3nothing

noun

: empty space

: the number 0

: someone or something that has little or no worth, importance, or influence

Full Definition of NOTHING

1
a :  something that does not exist
b :  the absence of all magnitude or quantity; also :  zero 1a
c :  nothingness, nonexistence
2
:  someone or something of no or slight value or size
3
:  a light, playful, or frivolous remark —usually used in plural <whispered sweet nothings>
for nothing
1
:  without reason
2
:  at no charge

Examples of NOTHING

  1. It appeared out of nothing.
  2. The UFO hovered for a while, then vanished into nothing.
  3. My children are important to me—I'm nothing without them.

First Known Use of NOTHING

1535

4nothing

adjective

Definition of NOTHING

:  of no account :  worthless

First Known Use of NOTHING

1611

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