Definition of zilch in English:

zilch

pronoun

informal
  • Nothing.

    ‘they knew absolutely zilch about rock 'n' roll’
    • ‘Mr. & Mrs. T spent zilch on media last year, per Competitive Media Reporting, after spending $123,000 in 1999.’
    • ‘Zola, you do know I'm zilch in the fashion department?’
    • ‘My suspicion is that the national poll numbers mean zilch and that this election is going to be decided in the marginals.’
    • ‘I simply wanted to point out my lack of experience, i.e. zilch and zero, of attending major rock concerts.’
    • ‘The way they help people, certainly from Scotland, is zilch in the UK.’
    • ‘An empty-headed outrage that achieved the usual zilch and is now well forgotten of course, but that's not the point.’
    • ‘As an added bonus, since I know absolutely zilch about Bob Fosse, I could not take serious issue with the choreography like the obnoxious couple sitting next to me.’
    • ‘It can give me a broader perspective on my industry, which might come in handy, but it's going to do zilch for what's stirring in my fume hood.’
    • ‘I can offer zilch in the way of information about Allawi himself.’
    • ‘Arizona quietly added another 24 points to zilch for Georgia.’
    • ‘Scottish architects have done zilch for the past 100 years.’
    • ‘Since the postponed reading of the amendment, we've heard zilch from the government.’
    • ‘Although AmEx has spent zilch on promotion, some would-be customers go to absurd lengths to get what they see as a must-have status symbol.’
    nothing, nil, nothing at all, not a single thing, not anything, none
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determiner

informal
  • Not any; no.

    ‘the character has zilch class’
    • ‘But I sure don't play rugby just for the money and if I was paid zilch I would still be the first one out at training.’

Origin

1960s: origin uncertain; perhaps from a Mr Zilch, a character in the 1930s US humorous magazine Ballyhoo.

Pronunciation:

zilch

/zɪltʃ/