Old English naþing, naðinc, from nan "not one" (see none) + þing "thing" (see thing). Meaning "insignificant thing" is from c.1600. As an adverb from c.1200. As an adjective from 1961.
A lack of activity; stasis: Nothing doing on the job front (1827+)
No; absolutely not; nix, no way: Buy that piece of crap? Nothing doing (1910+)
Inane; lacking charm, talent, interest, etc; worthless: That was a real nothing experience (1950s+)
dance on air, do someone nothing, know from nothing