naught /ˈnɔt, ˈnɑt/
1. Nothing. [Written also nought.]
Doth Job fear God for naught? --Job i. 9.
2. The arithmetical character 0; a cipher. See Cipher.
To set at naught, to treat as of no account; to disregard; to despise; to defy; to treat with ignominy. “Ye have set at naught all my counsel.”
Naught, adv. In no degree; not at all.
To wealth or sovereign power he naught applied. --Fairfax.
1. Of no value or account; worthless; bad; useless.
It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer. --Prov. xx. 14.
Go, get you to your house; begone, away!
All will be naught else. --Shak.
Things naught and things indifferent. --Hooker.
2. Hence, vile; base; naughty. [Obs.]
No man can be stark naught at once. --Fuller.
n 1: a quantity of no importance; "it looked like nothing I had
ever seen before"; "reduced to nil all the work we had
done"; "we racked up a pathetic goose egg"; "it was all
for naught"; "I didn't hear zilch about it" [syn: nothing,
nil, nix, nada, null, aught, cipher, cypher,
goose egg, zero, zilch, zip]
2: complete failure; "all my efforts led to naught"