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