nothing

pronoun
noth·​ing | \ˈnə-thiŋ \

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

c : nothingness, nonexistence

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

At this point in her career, Kendall Jenner has pretty much perfected the art of walking the red carpet wearing nothing save for a gorgeous completely sheer gown. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner’s IDGAF Attitude About Her Completely See-Through Dress is Goals," 11 Dec. 2018 The third result pinpoints a swath of the Indian Ocean that's so far returned nothing. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "New Research Might Locate Flight MH370—And Solve One of the Greatest Aviation Mysteries of All Time," 7 Dec. 2018 Swapping out the engine does exactly nothing to remedy these problems. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Report: Microsoft is scrapping Edge, switching to just another Chrome clone," 4 Dec. 2018 Very soft and cushiony inside, nothing that puts pressure on any joints. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Plantar Fasciitis Shoes, According to Experts," 4 Dec. 2018 Say nothing pans out for WOW—what's the longer-term situation? Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is Wow Air—and Its $99 Flights—Going Away?," 30 Nov. 2018 Tip #1: Cover Unwanted Grays In Seconds With Instant, Easy Color There's nothing worse than gray hairs popping up in-between salon appointments. Redbook, "How to Look Like You Just Left the Salon," 27 Nov. 2018 In the history of science, arguably nothing has been searched for more, through both space and time, than the magnetic monopole. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 Speed is the only competitive advantage that costs businesses nothing, and excess or endless meetings simply do not increase either decision-making speed or decision-making success. WSJ, "Five Meetings Is Very Likely Four Too Many," 20 Nov. 2018

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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 \

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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