Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • pro. Anything whatever: "Neither of his parents had aught but praise for him” ( Louis Auchincloss).
  • adv. Archaic In any respect; at all.
  • n. A cipher; zero.
  • n. Archaic Nothing.

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  • pro. anything whatever, any part.
  • n. whit, the smallest part, iota.
  • n. zero
  • n. The digit zero as the decade in years. For example, aught-nine for 1909 or 2009.
  • adv. At all, in any degree, in any respect.
  • n. Property; possession
  • n. Duty; place; office
  • v. to own, possess
  • v. to owe, be obliged or obligated to
  • adj. possessed of
  • n. Obsolete or dialectal form of eight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Property; possession.
  • n. Anything; any part.
  • adv. At all; in any degree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Anything whatever; any part: used in interrogative, negative, and conditional sentences.
  • In any respect; in any way; at all; by any chance.
  • An obsolete form of ought.
  • n. Possession; property.
  • n. An obsolete or dialectal form of eight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a quantity of no importance

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English āuht; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.
From an aught, alteration of a naught; see naught.

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From Middle English aught, ought, from Old English āht, from ā ("always", "ever") + wiht ("thing", "creature"). More at aye, wight

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From Middle English aught, ought, from Old English ǣht, from āgan ("to owe", "to own")

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From Middle English ahte, from Old English eahta ("eight"). More at eight.

Examples

  • "Is there aught," she panted, "_aught_ that could come between your soul and mine?"

    His Grace of Osmonde Being the Portions of That Nobleman's Life Omitted in the Relation of His Lady's Story Presented to the World of Fashion under the Title of A Lady of Quality

  • Cause his mum didn't have no money to dress him in aught but a suit of rags, stitched up from scraps of handmedowns and castoffs what had been worn to nothing and chucked away.

    Jack Scallywag

  • Drunken with the wine of success deep-quaffed, without superstition and without faith in aught but its own ascendant star, laughing at the wreckage of science and mad with pride of race, it went forth upon the way of war.

    Goliah

  • Well, Anibal threw a no-hitter last night, the first since another guy I've laughed at a lot over the years (not because of his name but because, well, he's damn funny looking) threw a perfect game against my beloved Bravos back in aught four.

    Baseball

  • Now when the Commander of the Faithful heard this verse, he was moved to great delight and his sister said to him, “O my brother, whoso decideth in aught against himself, him it behoveth to abide by it and do according to his word; and thou hast judged against thyself by this judgement.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Tarkanan by the remnants of his host of what had befallen his son, whereat he slept not neither took delight in aught, and he was troubled with sore trouble.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Moreover I have sworn an oath not to tread their soil nor transgress against them in aught; so how shall this man come at the daughter of the Great King, and who hath power to bring him to her or help him in this matter?

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Far be it from me to gainsay thee in aught, for I am indebted to thee for many favours and bounties and much kindness, and (praised be Allah!)

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • We will do thee no upright, O my son, nor wrong thee in aught; but our object is that thou bend thy gracious steps with me to my mistress, to receive her answer and return in weal and safety: and thou shalt have a handsome present as one who bringeth good news.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • “Command me as thou wilt: I will not gainsay thee in aught; no, never, for I am the freedman of thy bounty.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

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  • "LYSANDER: Ay me! For aught that I could ever read,

    Could ever hear by tale or history,

    The course of true love never did run smooth;

    But either it was different in blood -"

    William Shakespeare, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

    January 12, 2012

  • And thou art dead, as young and fair

    As aught of mortal birth;

    And form so soft, and charms so rare,

    Too soon return'd to Earth!

    Though Earth receiv'd them in her bed,

    And o'er the spot the crowd may tread

    In carelessness or mirth,

    There is an eye which could not brook

    A moment on that grave to look.

    - Lord Byron, 'And Thou Art Dead, As Young and Fair'.

    September 30, 2009

  • "As I went my way I sifted this thing, and could not get quit of it. I found the most weighty arguments against the Creator’s arbitrariness in letting me pay for all the others’ sins. Even after I had found a seat and sat down, the query persisted in occupying me, and prevented me from thinking of aught else."

    - Knut Hamsun, 'Hunger'.

    July 25, 2009

  • All v. nothing.

    May 24, 2008