There is nought for him but possession; possession of the woman he seeks.
Spelling was nought if the "wrighting" were only fair and flowing.
His mother had not been among the huts where poor men lie for nought, and she saw at a glance what it was.
“I met with nought save that I went for,” replied the girl quietly.
I ha' been righteous tu, and I ha' begged, and I ha' prayed, and got nought.
I had nought to do but hold my weapon firm and properly directed.
The sub-damsel looked set down for a minute, but nought ever daunted her for long.
As long as the Phæacian spell is upon him, he can do nought but slumber.
For seven days, nought but unbridled gayety prevailed in Siegmund's halls.
Day after day he issued out against these infidels, and did nought but slay and slay.
Old English nowiht "nothing," variant of nawiht (see naught). Meaning "zero, cipher" is from early 15c. Expression for nought "in vain" is late 13c. To come to nought is from 1590s.
Old English nawiht "nothing," lit "no whit," from na "no" (from PIE root *ne- "no, not;" see un- (1)) + wiht "thing, creature, being" (see wight). Cognate with Old Saxon neowiht "nothing," Old High German niwiht, Gothic ni waihts. It also developed an adjectival sense in Old English, "good for nothing," which by mid-16c. had focused to "morally bad, wicked." In arithmetic, "the figure zero" from 1640s.