Synonyms for naught

Grammar : Adj
Spell : nawt
Phonetic Transcription : nɔt

Définition of naught

Origin :
  • Old English nawiht "nothing," lit "no whit," from na "no" (from PIE root *ne- "no, not;" see un- (1)) + wiht "thing, creature, being" (see wight). Cognate with Old Saxon neowiht "nothing," Old High German niwiht, Gothic ni waihts. It also developed an adjectival sense in Old English, "good for nothing," which by mid-16c. had focused to "morally bad, wicked." In arithmetic, "the figure zero" from 1640s.
  • adj zero
Example sentences :
  • So it seemed that they had naught to fear, save the daily chance of life and death.
  • Extract from : « Fair Margaret » by H. Rider Haggard
  • Of that performance let naught be spoken, save in reverence.
  • Extract from : « Meadow Grass » by Alice Brown
  • I mind the time when her yellow arms were naught but bone and parchment.
  • Extract from : « The Uncommercial Traveller » by Charles Dickens
  • They, having eaten, had naught to do, and were only waiting a decent hour for departure.
  • Extract from : « The Gentleman From Indiana » by Booth Tarkington
  • This time he thought he was dead himself; he was naught but an empty sepulchre.
  • Extract from : « The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete » by Emile Zola
  • Between her and the young men there was naught but happy affection.
  • Extract from : « The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete » by Emile Zola
  • He asked the forest-keepers, but they could tell him naught.
  • Extract from : « The Chinese Fairy Book » by Various
  • But in the kangaroo figure, the burden is slightly shifted and naught is amiss.
  • Extract from : « The Book of Khalid » by Ameen Rihani
  • They had naught but this pressure of hands to appease their feelings.
  • Extract from : « Therese Raquin » by Emile Zola
  • Naught else was needed to the few souls that cared for her memory.
  • Extract from : « The Elm Tree Tales » by F. Irene Burge Smith

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