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aught also ought (awt) pronoun
In any respect.
[From Middle English, from Old English from á, ó (ever) + wiht (thing).]
[From a naught, misdivided as an aught.]
Other words formed from the same process of respelling or false splitting are nickname (from "an ekename"), apron (a napperon), adder (a nadder), uncle (a nuncle), umpire (a noumpere), auger (a nauger), nonce (from the phrase "for the nones", by misdivision of "for then ones"). -Anu
"No parent seemed to be aware of him, he made no effort to approach any
of the traders. He patiently sat and waited for aught."
"Now, as ever, I wish not to misrepresent Judge Douglas's position,
question his motives, or do aught that can be personally offensive to him."
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea. -Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626)
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