\ ˈnȯt How to pronounce naught (audio) , ˈnät\
variants: or less commonly

Definition of naught

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


variants: or less commonly nought

Definition of naught (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : the arithmetical symbol 0 : zero, cipher

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Synonyms for naught

Synonyms: Noun

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

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Examples of naught in a Sentence


my locker number is naught-seven-two

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But all of that would be for naught if the course became a story at another U.S. Open. Daniel Rapaport,, "Amid Recent U.S. Open Course Drama, USGA Got the Pebble Beach Setup Just Right," 15 June 2019 Kyle Lowry assumed the defensive assignment, and Curry sought to answer with late-game magic, all for naught. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "NBA Finals: Warriors Steph Curry exits Oracle determined to return," 7 June 2019 One of my projects for A-level was a program that taught itself to play naughts and crosses, or tic-tac-toe. Quanta Magazine, "Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer," 21 Apr. 2015 Fans felt let down that all her training with the Faceless Men seemed for naught. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "All the Plot Holes in the Game of Thrones Finale," 20 May 2019 But her concern may be all for naught, as was her fear of seeing Drew Barrymore at Ellen DeGeneres' 60th birthday celebration early this year. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Sarah Paulson admits to Jimmy Fallon she peed 'a little, tiny bit' when she met Rihanna," 23 May 2018 The goodwill wasn’t all for naught, as the Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals before losing again to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jonas Shaffer,, "Orioles manager Buck Showalter is back on the Capitals' bandwagon," 11 May 2018 Those efforts went for naught when Nolasco, who had an opt-out clause, was released on Saturday. Maria Torres, kansascity, "What we learned at Royals spring training ... | The Kansas City Star," 25 Mar. 2018 But those efforts have been for naught — and many from across San Diego County are mourning the loss. Karen Pearlman,, "Iconic La Mesa dealership, the Roundhouse of Values, being demolished," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of naught


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


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

History and Etymology for naught

Pronoun and Noun

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

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

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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.


variants: also nought

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