nothing

pronoun
noth·​ing | \ ˈnə-thiŋ How to pronounce nothing (audio) \

Definition of nothing

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

nothing

adverb

Definition of nothing (Entry 2 of 4)

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

nothing

noun

Definition of nothing (Entry 3 of 4)

1a : something that does not exist
b : the absence of all magnitude or quantity also : zero sense 1a
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

nothing

adjective

Definition of nothing (Entry 4 of 4)

: of no account : worthless

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Examples of nothing in a Sentence

Pronoun

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

Adverb

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

Noun

It appeared out of nothing. The UFO hovered for a while, then vanished into nothing. My children are important to me—I'm nothing without them.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But there’s nothing shocking anymore about his making fun of transgender people. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "Dave Chappelle on Broadway: The Joke Is Getting Old," 10 July 2019 In its place were mounds of dirt, the first stage of a construction project Meiborg said she had been told nothing about. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "After daughter’s memorial tree was unexpectedly taken down, mom received support from friends and strangers. Now two trees will honor teen’s life.," 10 July 2019 Attending polo matches is nothing new for the royals; they've been seen making casual appearances with family through the years. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Louis, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte Attend a Polo Match with Family," 10 July 2019 The idea of travel through space is nothing new in human history. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 10 July 2019 But there’s nothing simple about the $430-million-dollar (around Rs3,000 crore) statue that has been built in his memory. Arundhati Roy, Quartz India, "Tribespeople in India’s Gujarat fiercely resisted a mega dam—but they got a mega statue, too," 8 July 2019 The Roxodus website has its own statement about the cancellation, but nothing about refunds. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Roxodus Festival Ticket-Buyers to Receive Refund from Eventbrite After Sudden Cancellation," 6 July 2019 Managing injuries has been nothing new for Braun, who's dealt with a chronic thumb issue since 2013 that's required periodic shots as well as a balky lower back that he had surgically repaired in October of 2015. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ryan Braun has been dealing with a sore right knee since last postseason," 5 July 2019 There was nothing extraordinary about it: chicken stock, arborio rice, a couple of spices. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca gave people what they wanted, whether they knew it or not," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of nothing

Pronoun

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

Adverb

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nothing

Pronoun

Middle English, from Old English nān thing, nāthing, from nān no + thing thing — more at none

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The first known use of nothing was before the 12th century

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nothing

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of nothing

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: not anything : not a thing
: someone or something that has no interest, value, or importance

nothing

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of nothing (Entry 2 of 3)

: not at all : in no way

nothing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nothing (Entry 3 of 3)

: empty space
: the number 0
: someone or something that has little or no worth, importance, or influence

nothing

pronoun
noth·​ing | \ ˈnə-thiŋ How to pronounce nothing (audio) \

Kids Definition of nothing

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : not anything : no thing There's nothing in the box.
2 : someone or something of no interest, value, or importance Your opinion is nothing to me.

nothing

adverb

Kids Definition of nothing (Entry 2 of 3)

: not at all : in no way He is nothing like his brother.

nothing

noun

Kids Definition of nothing (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : something that does not exist : empty space The magician made a rabbit appear out of nothing.
2 : zero sense 1 The score was ten to nothing.
3 : someone or something of little or no worth or importance I'm nothing without my friends and family.
for nothing
1 : for no reason We did all that work for nothing.
2 : for no money

Other Words from nothing

nothingness noun

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