One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Anything at all.‘know you aught of this fellow, young sir?’
- ‘In his report of the battle, Cromwell wrote, ‘it is, for aught I know, a crowning mercy’.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.’
- ‘Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows aught, what is't to leave betimes?’
- ‘Animals fight less because they are, for aught we know, incapable of religious devotion.’
- ‘Is there aught we hold in common with the greedy parasite,’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When asked who was to blame for all the possessed girls she responded, ‘The devil for aught I know.’’
- ‘And signs, for aught we know, may be but the sympathies of Nature with man.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
Old English āwiht (see aye, wight).
The digit 0; zero.
Early 19th century: probably a variant of naught.
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