One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who does nothing, an idler, a do-nothing; (also) a person who does no good, a good-for-nothing; specifically †the devil (obsolete).
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Carew (1555–1620), antiquary and poet. In some forms from do + nought. In some forms from do + naught.
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