Definition of naught in English:

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Pronunciation: /nɔːt/


Nothing: he’s naught but a worthless fool
More example sentences
  • First, think of a person who lives in disguise, who deals in secrets and tells naught but lies.
  • When naught remained of the wound but the scar, the flow of light to the wound stopped, flowing about her hands, then vanished.
  • With naught but a tent for shelter, the traveler is in constant danger - both from bandits and the elements.
nothing, nothing at all, nought, nil, zero;
Northern English  nowt
informal zilch, sweet Fanny Adams, sweet FA, not a dicky bird, nix
British informal damn all, not a sausage
North American informal zip, zippo, nada, diddly-squat, a goose egg
British vulgar slang bugger all, fuck all, sod all


North American
variant spelling of nought.
Example sentences
  • It is a series of numbers, hyphens, naughts, strokes, and zeds.
  • Ryan was just hysterically laughing, asking how it was a twenty-one year old could lose to a five year old child in naughts and crosses.
  • Those naughts and ones are then what we call modulated, or carried if you like, as a passenger on a radio frequency signal.



bring to naught

archaic Ruin or foil.
Example sentences
  • All of the divisions of Us, predicated upon the beast within, are brought to naught.
  • In 1989, courageous people brought to naught the Berlin Wall.
  • Such recommendations will only bring to naught efforts to increase cooperation and decrease politicization among States.
ruin, wreck, destroy, devastate, wreak havoc on, reduce to nothing, blight, smash, shatter, dash, torpedo, scotch, make a mess of, mess up;
sabotage, poison;
cancel out, neutralize, negate, render ineffective, make of no use or value
informal louse up, screw up, foul up, put the kibosh on, banjax, do for, blow a hole in, nix, queer
British informal scupper, cock up, dish, muller
Australian informal euchre, cruel
vulgar slang fuck up

come to naught

archaic Be ruined or foiled: his hopes of becoming commissioner have come to naught
More example sentences
  • Everything he tries with the boy comes to naught!
  • He said unless the boxers worked on their fighting skills, the quest for effective competition and excellence on the international scene would come to naught.
  • All the extravagant statements come to naught.
fail, founder, be unsuccessful, not succeed, lack success, fall through, fall flat, break down, abort, miscarry, be defeated, suffer defeat, be in vain, be frustrated, collapse, misfire, backfire, not come up to scratch, meet with disaster, come to grief, come to nothing, miss the mark, run aground, go wrong, go awry, go astray
informal flop, fizzle out, come a cropper, bite the dust, blow up in someone's face, go down like a lead balloon

set at naught

archaic Disregard or despise: your efforts are set at naught by those beneath you
More example sentences
  • It only helps to be able to lock people up without trial if you know who they are - if you don't, your strategy is set at naught.
  • In the other case the Court will not allow its process to be set at naught and treated with contempt.
  • In this way a party who is in breach of the contract will be able to set at naught an exclusive jurisdiction agreement which is the product of the free will of the parties.


Old English nāwiht, -wuht, from 'no' + wiht 'thing' (see wight).

Words that rhyme with naught

abort, apport, assort, athwart, aught, besought, bethought, bort, bought, brought, caught, cavort, comport, consort, contort, Cort, court, distraught, escort, exhort, export, extort, fort, fought, fraught, import, methought, misreport, mort, nought, Oort, ought, outfought, port, Porte, purport, quart, rort, short, snort, sort, sought, sport, support, swart, taught, taut, thought, thwart, tort, transport, wart, wrought

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