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

Futhermore, those who elect the Sephora Visa Signature Credit Card will have access to what's known as Visa Signature Benefits, which have nothing to do with Sephora but seem pretty sweet nonetheless. Marci Robin, Allure, "Sephora Credit Cards (and Rewards) Are Coming — Here’s Everything We Know," 16 Mar. 2019 Sources indicated last night that the move had nothing to do with any rumors of rifts between the two couples. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Officially Split Their Royal Household," 14 Mar. 2019 In a Facebook status update, Jen vaguely blames health issues for a months-long hiatus, though nothing in Glamour's interviews and the Harts’ emails and paperwork points to physical illness of any kind. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 7: 'Stone-Cold Narcissist'," 22 Jan. 2019 Teenage idol worship is nothing new in the world of music. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 What's worse is that there's little to no consensus, and virtually nothing in the way of government approved standards, on which of these methods to apply, or when to apply them, or how. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "We Still Have No Idea How to Deal With Drones," 21 Dec. 2018 Unfortunately, there's nothing currently in the works. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes Says a Collab with Niall Horan is "100% Going to Happen"," 6 Dec. 2018 Rumors had been floating around that Close might reprise her part in a feature film, but nothing seemed tied down—until last week's announcement that the production had found a director. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Glenn Close's Sunset Boulevard Remake Is Moving Forward with a Newly Announced Director," 4 Mar. 2019 On the other hand, both the existing Matebook X Pro (2018) and Matebook 13 represent terrific value for the money, and hopefully nothing’s changed in that regard. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Huawei refreshes the Matebook X Pro and adds a larger Matebook 14," 24 Feb. 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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