There is nought for him but possession; possession of the woman he seeks.
Why should we tarry any longer to see everything moiled and set at nought?
His mother had not been among the huts where poor men lie for nought, and she saw at a glance what it was.
I said nought to him, for I trow thou wouldst not have him know thy plight!
I ha' been righteous tu, and I ha' begged, and I ha' prayed, and got nought.
He took sabbatarianism as a type of the things that should be set at nought.
The sub-damsel looked set down for a minute, but nought ever daunted her for long.
Sink me, if they shall fight with nought but cold water in them.'
For seven days, nought but unbridled gayety prevailed in Siegmund's halls.
She then takes me to task for using the word "ought" instead of "nought."
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.