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aught, cipher, goose egg, naught (also nought), nothing, o, oh, zero, zilch, zip
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circa 1550, in the meaning defined above
Latin, nothing, contraction of nihil, from Old Latin nihilum, from ne- not + hilum trifle — more at no
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: none at all
: a score of zero
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: nothing at all : zero
The chances of that happening are almost nil.
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