Definition of have-nothing in English:

have-nothing

noun

informal
  • A person who has nothing; an impoverished or destitute person. Usually in plural Compare have-not, have-something.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Tobias Smollett (1721–1771), writer. From have + nothing [noun].

Pronunciation

have-nothing

/ˈhavnʌθɪŋ/