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 Dictionary entry overview: What does naught mean? 

NAUGHT (noun)
  The noun NAUGHT has 2 senses:

1. a quantity of no importance
2. complete failure

  Familiarity information: NAUGHT used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

NAUGHT (noun)

Sense 1naught [BACK TO TOP]


A quantity of no importance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure


zip; zilch; zero; null; nothing; nix; nil; naught; nada; goose egg; aught; zippo; cypher; cipher

Context examples:

it looked like nothing I had ever seen before / reduced to nil all the work we had done / we racked up a pathetic goose egg / it was all for naught / I didn't hear zilch about it

Hypernyms ("naught" is a kind of...):

relative quantity (a quantity relative to some purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "naught"):

nihil ((Latin) nil; nothing (as used by a sheriff after an unsuccessful effort to serve a writ))

bugger all; Fanny Adams; fuck all; sweet Fanny Adams (little or nothing at all)

Sense 2naught [BACK TO TOP]


Complete failure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

all my efforts led to naught

Hypernyms ("naught" is a kind of...):

failure (an act that fails)

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