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

Historical thinking, Wineburg shows us in , has nothing to do with test prep–style ability to memorize facts. Sam Wineburg, Smithsonian, "What George Washington’s Views on Religion and America Don’t Translate Well to Today’s Politics," 12 June 2019 To know that my name is now alongside some of those all-time greats is nothing short of a dream come true. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Hensh takes own path to Howard County girls lacrosse Player of Year honors," 10 June 2019 That's to say nothing of the entertainment on board, from gambling in the casino to surfing 30,000-gallon simulated waves to grooving out to a Jackson 5 cover band. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Forget the Bahamas. China's Cruises Are Where It's At," 10 June 2019 The team’s seniors carried plenty of the load this season, and their achievements during this run are nothing short of incredible. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "New Palestine's 3-peat stems from a winning culture that won't any time stop soon," 8 June 2019 The problem is that the 2019 Shaft soundtrack, released through WaterTower Music/Warner Bros. Pictures, is nothing short of a disaster. Isaac Hayes Iii, Billboard, "How Does a 'Shaft' Soundtrack Get Made Without Isaac Hayes? (Guest Op-Ed)," 7 June 2019 Doesn't an afternoon spent sunning yourself on the beach with family sound nothing short of wonderful? Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "This Father’s Day, Take the Dads in Your Life to the Beach," 6 June 2019 Both Tiger and the PGA Tour did nothing of substance to force Augusta National’s hand. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Forget Hank Haney, why wasn’t Tiger Woods, PGA Tour fighting golf sexism at Augusta National? | Commentary," 5 June 2019 But doing some astrological research showed that nothing of the sort appeared on June 5, 1944. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Astronomy Was Crucial to Planning D-Day," 5 June 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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