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Meaning of aught by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) enPR: ôt, IPA: /ɔːt/
      Rhymes: -ɔːt
    • ( US ) enPR: ôt, IPA: /ɔt/
    • ( cot–caught merger ) enPR: ät, IPA: /ɑt/

    Etymology 1

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

    Alternative form

    • ought



    1. anything whatever, any part.


    aught ( plural: aughts )

    1. whit, the smallest part, iota .
    2. ( archaic ) zero
    3. The digit zero as the decade in years. For example, aught-nine for 1909 or 2009 .
    See also


    aught ( not comparable )

    1. ( archaic ) At all, in any degree, in any respect .

    See also

    • aught in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

    Etymology 2

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

    Alternative form

    • ought


    aught ( plural: aughts )

    1. Property; possession
    2. Duty; place; office


    aught ( comparative more aught, superlative most aught )

    1. possessed of

    Etymology 3

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



    1. Obsolete or dialectal form of eight .

Explanation of aught by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a quantity of no importance

    2. it was all for naught

    Definition of aught by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Aught Aucht n. [AS. ht, fr. āgan to own, p. p. āhte.] Property; possession. [Scot.] Sir W. Scott.

    2. Aught n. [OE. aught, ought, awiht, AS. āwiht, ā ever + wiht. √136. See Aye ever, and Whit, Wight.] Anything; any part. [Also written ought.]

      There failed not aught of any good thing which the Lord has spoken. Josh. xxi. 45

      But go, my son, and see if aught be wanting. Addison.

    3. Aught ( at ), adv. At all; in any degree. Chaucer.