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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Word Origin & History

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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Idioms & Phrases

naught

see come to nothing (naught).

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Sometimes those things don't even appear and you are worrying for naught.
Indeed, for all the reformists' brave vows, their promised showdowns have all
  come to naught.
These set off a storm in the academic community, and they come to naught.
But his boldness will come to naught if it is not followed up by efficient
  execution.
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