aught was our Word of the Day on 08/08/2012. Hear the podcast!
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If you know aught which does behove my knowledge / Thereof to be inform'd, imprison't not / In ignorant concealment, Polixenes begs Camillo in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, employing the "anything" sense of "aught." Shakespeare didn't coin the pronoun "aught," which has been a part of the English language since before the 12th century, but he did put it to frequent use. Writers today may be less likely to use "aught" than were their literary predecessors, but the pronoun does continue to turn up occasionally. "Aught" can also be a noun meaning "zero," and for a while the phrase "the aughts" was bandied about as a proposed label for the decade that began in the year 2000.
Definition of aught
: at all
Examples of aught in a sentence
for dates, the year is automatically listed as a pair of aughts, so the user has to scroll down to the correct figure
Origin and Etymology of aught
alteration (resulting from false division of a naught) of naught
First Known Use: 1872
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