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

And Arya did … nothing, which is perhaps the most stunning development of all. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cersei's Death on Game of Thrones Is a Travesty and Twitter Has Thoughts," 13 May 2019 But nothing, not even space telescopes, could clear the noise of the nebula for the specific signal of helium hydride. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Found the Oldest Molecules in the Universe," 18 Apr. 2019 This is what made Firefox's early years so painful: most developers tested in Internet Explorer and nothing else, leaving Firefox compatibility to chance. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to," 17 Dec. 2018 Likewise, Hoda's new fourth-hour co-host Jenna Bush Hager had nothing but well wishes for her friend over on her own Instagram account. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Savannah Guthrie Posted the Most Emotional Response to Hoda Kotb's Adoption News," 16 Apr. 2019 The answer has nothing to do with multiple orgasms, and everything to do with tattoos and crows-feet. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "Vaginal Rejuvenation Is on the Rise, But the Results Often Don't Live Up to the Hype," 27 Mar. 2019 My advice is not to overdo it: Pace yourself; nothing is compulsory. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018 Skinny-dipping aside, there’s nothing more invigorating than bathing in the backyard. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "What You Should Know Before Installing an Outdoor Shower," 11 Apr. 2019 There’s nothing more aggravating to an Aries than procrastination and slow-moving plans. Alice Bell, Vogue, "What Astrology Tells Us About Martin Margiela’s and Marc Jacobs’s Shared Birthday," 9 Apr. 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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