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

And Democratic donors who gave little to nothing to down-ballot races in the past are cutting large checks to groups focused on state races, the AP's analysis shows. CBS News, "Democrats dump millions into statehouse races," 20 Aug. 2019 By Tom Gott Remembered as perhaps the finest manager in Bundesliga history, Udo Lattek knew nothing other than winning. Ben Carter, SI.com, "The 50 Greatest Football Managers of All Time," 20 Aug. 2019 With nothing but runs of under 10 yards, the Tigers found their first points of the 2019 season. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park Junior Rams overcome fumble troubles to down Tigers 30-20," 20 Aug. 2019 Never Broke Again with nothing like Swift’s overall cultural presence. Los Angeles Times, "For her new album, ‘Lover,’ Taylor Swift has embraced streaming. But is it too late?," 20 Aug. 2019 The Exalted One wasn’t called Joe Cool for nothing. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Jimmy Garoppolo’s preseason stinker reminds of young Joe Montana’s ugly game," 20 Aug. 2019 And Democratic donors who gave little to nothing to down-ballot races in the past are cutting large checks to groups focused on state races, the AP's analysis shows. Brian Slodysko, Fortune, "Democrats Are Spending Millions to Try to Take Back Statehouses," 20 Aug. 2019 Nagy has become the latest coach to realize the risk of injuries far exceeds the value of vanilla game reps with nothing at stake. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Why Matt Nagy’s new approach to the preseason has its perks — and its challenges," 20 Aug. 2019 President Donald Trump has sought to pressure European governments into taking back these people, threatening that U.S. backed forces them could release them back into Europe if nothing is done. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Canada 'disappointed' at Britain for stripping ISIS fighter's citizenship," 19 Aug. 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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