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nothing

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pronoun noth·ing \ ˈnə-thiŋ \

Definition of nothing

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

Examples of nothing in a Sentence

  1. There's nothing in my hands.

  2. She knows nothing of our plans.

  3. You have nothing to worry about.

  4. There's nothing fun to do around here.

  5. You think that's bad? It's nothing compared to what I went through.

  6. Don't get all upset over nothing.

  7. Your opinion means nothing to me.

  8. Are you hurt? Don't worry. It's nothing.

Origin and Etymology of nothing

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


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nothing

adverb

Definition of nothing

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

Examples of nothing in a Sentence

  1. She is nothing like her sister.

  2. It's nothing close to finished.

First Known Use of nothing

12th century

nothing Synonyms


3

nothing

noun

Definition of nothing

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

Examples of nothing in a Sentence

  1. It appeared out of nothing.

  2. The UFO hovered for a while, then vanished into nothing.

  3. My children are important to me—I'm nothing without them.

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First Known Use of nothing

1535


4

nothing

adjective

Definition of nothing

:of no account :worthless

First Known Use of nothing

1611


NOTHING Defined for English Language Learners

nothing

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pronoun

Definition of nothing for English Language Learners

  • : not anything : not a thing

  • : someone or something that has no interest, value, or importance


nothing

adverb

Definition of nothing for English Language Learners

  • : not at all : in no way


nothing

noun

Definition of nothing for English Language Learners

  • : empty space

  • : the number 0

  • : someone or something that has little or no worth, importance, or influence


NOTHING Defined for Kids

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nothing

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pronoun noth·ing \ ˈnə-thiŋ \

Definition of nothing for Students

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.

2

nothing

adverb

Definition of nothing for Students

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

3

nothing

noun

Definition of nothing for Students

1 :something that does not exist :empty space
  • The magician made a rabbit appear out of nothing.
2 :zero 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.

nothingness

noun
for nothing
1 :for no reason
  • We did all that work for nothing.
2 :for no money


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