aught 1 also ought (ôt)
Anything whatever: "Neither of his parents had aught but praise for him" (Louis Auchincloss).
Archaic In any respect; at all.
[Middle English, from Old English uht; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.]
aught 2 also ought (ôt)
1. A cipher; zero.
2. Archaic Nothing.
[From an aught, alteration of a naught; see naught.]
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aught1, ought [ɔːt] (used with a negative or in conditional or interrogative sentences or clauses) Archaic or literary
anything at all; anything whatever (esp in the phrase for aught I know)
Dialect in any least part; to any degree
[Old English āwiht, from ā ever, ay1 + wiht thing; see wight1]
aught2, ought [ɔːt]
a less common word for nought (zero)
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aught - Another word for "nothing, zero."
See also related terms for zero.
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