come to naught

naught

[nawt]
noun
2.
a cipher (0); zero.
adjective
3.
lost; ruined.
4.
Archaic. worthless; useless.
5.
Obsolete. morally bad; wicked.
adverb
6.
Obsolete, not.
Idioms
7.
come to naught, to come to nothing; be without result or fruition; fail.
8.
set at naught, to regard or treat as of no importance; disdain: He entered a milieu that set his ideals at naught.
Also, nought.


Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English nauht, nāwiht ( no1 + wiht thing). See nought, wight1, whit

naught, nought.
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naught (nɔːt)
 
n
1.  archaic, literary or nothing or nothingness; ruin or failure
2.  a variant spelling (esp US) of nought
3.  set at naught to have disregard or scorn for; disdain
 
adv
4.  archaic, literary or not at all: it matters naught
 
adj
5.  obsolete worthless, ruined, or wicked
 
[Old English nāwiht, from no1 + wiht thing, person; see wight1, whit]

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naught
O.E. nawiht "nothing," lit "no whit," from na "no" (from PIE base *ne- "no, not;" see un- (1)) + wiht "thing, creature, being" (see wight).
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