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nothing

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pronoun noth·ing \ˈnə-thiŋ\

Definition of nothing

  1. 1 :  not any thing :  no thing <leaves nothing to the imagination>

  2. 2 :  no part

  3. 3 :  one of no interest, value, or consequence <they mean nothing to me>

nothing doing

  1. :  by no means :  definitely no

nothing for it

  1. :  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


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

nothing

adverb noth·ing

Definition of nothing

  1. :  not at all :  in no degree

nothing like

  1. :  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.

12th Century

First Known Use of nothing

12th century


3

nothing

noun noth·ing

Definition of nothing

  1. 1 a :  something that does not exist b :  the absence of all magnitude or quantity; also :  zero 1a c :  nothingness, nonexistence

  2. 2 :  someone or something of no or slight value or size

  3. 3 :  a light, playful, or frivolous remark —usually used in plural <whispered sweet nothings>

for nothing

  1. 1 :  without reason

  2. 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.

1535

First Known Use of nothing

1535


4

nothing

adjective noth·ing

Definition of nothing

  1. :  of no account :  worthless

1611

First Known Use of nothing

1611



NOTHING Defined for English Language Learners

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nothing

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pronoun noth·ing \ˈnə-thiŋ\

Definition of nothing for English Language Learners

  • : not anything : not a thing

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


2

nothing

adverb noth·ing

Definition of nothing for English Language Learners

  • : not at all : in no way


3

nothing

noun noth·ing

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. 1 :  not anything :  no thing <There's nothing in the box.>

  2. 2 :  someone or something of no interest, value, or importance <Your opinion is nothing to me.>


2

nothing

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adverb noth·ing

Definition of nothing for Students

  1. :  not at all :  in no way <He is nothing like his brother.>


3

nothing

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noun noth·ing

Definition of nothing for Students

  1. 1 :  something that does not exist :  empty space <The magician made a rabbit appear out of nothing.>

  2. 2 :  zero 1 <The score was ten to nothing.>

  3. 3 :  someone or something of little or no worth or importance <I'm nothing without my friends and family.>

nothingness

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for nothing

  1. 1 :  for no reason <We did all that work for nothing.>

  2. 2 :  for no money



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