Definition of naught in English:

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Pronunciation: /nôt/


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.


North American
The digit 0; zero.
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; 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.

come to naught

archaic Be ruined or foiled.
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.

set at naught

archaic Disregard; despise.
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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