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[nout] /naʊt/
noun, plural nowt. Scot. and North England.
an ox.
a herd of cattle.
Origin of nowt1
1150-1200; Middle English < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse naut, neat2


[noht] /noʊt/
noun, British Dialect.
naught; nothing. Unabridged
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  • I guv her your message, Jack, and she said nowt, but there she be a crying still.

    Facing Death G. A. Henty
  • "'Appen 'twas nowt," the postman at length allowed, peering cautiously about.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • An' I remembered as he sat still after it and said nowt for a minute or so, same as if he was thinkin' things over.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • "It's nowt as can be cured," said the lad, and turned his quiet face away.

    "Seth" Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • I've never stirred from my land, and I can't speak a word of nowt but English, so stop your silly talk, my lad.

    Workhouse Characters Margaret Wynne Nevinson
  • Folks say father and son are as like as peas, but nowt of the sort.

  • Does ta think aw've nowt else to do wi mi brass but to buy winders for Jerrymiah to smash?

  • But don't the folk see that his wife as it might be, Miss Greta as was, won't have nowt to say to him?

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • I niver seed nothin mysel, so I doan't say nowt—not o' my awn knowledge.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • "All that was nowt to our fight off Panama in the spring of 'eighty," he growled.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
British Dictionary definitions for nowt


(Northern English) a dialect word for nothing
Word Origin
from naught


(Scot & Northern English) a dialect word for bullock, cattle
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse naut; see neat²
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