Main definitions of aught in English

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aught1

(also ought)

pronoun

archaic
  • Anything at all:

    ‘know you aught of this fellow, young sir?’
    • ‘If an offer seems too good to be true, it almost certainly is, in this, at least, the old saying is probably right: you don't get aught for naught.’
    • ‘Hang yourself for aught you're worth, You were a scoundrel from your birth, And if you cannot buy a rope, Some fool will trust you one, I hope.’
    • ‘Is there aught we hold in common with the greedy parasite,’
    • ‘No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.’
    • ‘And signs, for aught we know, may be but the sympathies of Nature with man.’
    • ‘In his report of the battle, Cromwell wrote, ‘it is, for aught I know, a crowning mercy’.’
    • ‘Animals fight less because they are, for aught we know, incapable of religious devotion.’
    • ‘I wasn't thinking you meant aught by it, lad, and I'd not give two coppers for a youngster as didn't want to see his elders brought down a peg or two once in a while.’
    • ‘Nor do I demand aught of sacrifice, for behold, I am the Mother of all things and my love is poured out upon the Earth.’
    • ‘When asked who was to blame for all the possessed girls she responded, ‘The devil for aught I know.’’
    • ‘Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows aught, what is't to leave betimes?’
    • ‘With not even the gift of speech so that she may communicate her needs, or identify aught that might help us save her from this doom?’

Origin

Old English āwiht (see aye, wight).

Pronunciation

aught

/ɔːt/

Main definitions of aught in English

: aught1aught2

aught2

noun

  • variant spelling of ought