naught

pronoun
\ˈnȯt, ˈnät\
variants: or less commonly

Definition of naught 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: nothing Their efforts came to naught. It was all for naught.

naught

noun
variants: or less commonly nought

Definition of naught (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : the arithmetical symbol 0 : zero, cipher

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for naught

Synonyms: Noun

aught, cipher, goose egg, nil, nothing, o, oh, zero, zilch, zip

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of naught in a Sentence

Noun

my locker number is naught-seven-two

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But those efforts have been for naught — and many from across San Diego County are mourning the loss. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Iconic La Mesa dealership, the Roundhouse of Values, being demolished," 26 June 2018 Like Abe, the other world leaders Trump will meet in Quebec at the annual G7 summit have become dismayed that their attempts to flatter and cajole him have gone for naught. Eli Stokols, latimes.com, "Trump claims U.S. is ‘respected again' in the world. 'Preposterous,' say allies and diplomats.," 7 June 2018 The rally went for naught, though, when Jankowski singled off Rucinski to drive in the go-ahead run. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Rally falls short as Padres prevail over Marlins, 5-4," 9 June 2018 All for naught, though, as the USSR eventually put small rovers on the lunar surface, but never cosmonauts. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "The Soviet Union's Secret Moon Base That Never Was," 11 Feb. 2016 That means that all the science being produced by NASA scientists might go for naught unless an agency like the EPA actually uses that science to limit greenhouse gases from power plants, cars, and factories. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "NASA’s Jim Bridenstine Agrees Humans Are Responsible for Climate Change," 17 May 2018 All that hard work to get rid of cigarettes, to crack down on gas stations selling to minors, to make this deadly habit as unglamorous as possible is for naught because now the kids are vaping. Sara Clarkson, chicagotribune.com, "Clarkson: Dangers of nicotine hidden in vaping names, flavors," 16 May 2018 For the Europeans, a Trump withdrawal would also constitute dispiriting proof that trying to appease the mercurial American president is an exercise for naught. Josh Lederman, Fox News, "World to learn fate of Iran nuclear pact Tuesday afternoon," 8 May 2018 Perhaps Blankenship's efforts to tap into an anti-establishment mentality are all for naught, though. Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY, "GOP Senate candidate Don Blankenship explains why he called McConnell 'Cocaine Mitch'," 1 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'naught.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of naught

Pronoun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for naught

Pronoun

Middle English nought, from Old English nāwiht, from no + wiht creature, thing — more at no, wight

Noun

see naught entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about naught

Statistics for naught

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for naught

The first known use of naught was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for naught

naught

pronoun
variants: also nought \ˈnȯt \

Kids Definition of naught

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: nothing entry 1 sense 1 Our efforts came to naught in the end.

naught

noun
variants: also nought

Kids Definition of naught (Entry 2 of 2)

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on naught

What made you want to look up naught? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a generally accepted meaning of a word

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!