no thing; not anything; naught: to say nothing.
no part, share, or trace (usually followed by of ): The house showed nothing of its former magnificence.
Definition of nothing (continued)
something that is nonexistent.
nonexistence; nothingness: The sound faded to nothing.
something or someone of no importance or significance: Money is nothing when you’re without health.
a trivial action, matter, circumstance, thing, or remark: to exchange a few nothings when being introduced.
a person of little or no importance; a nobody.
something that is without quantity or magnitude.
a cipher or naught: Nothing from nine leaves nine.
(used in conventional responses to expressions of thanks): Think nothing of it. It’s nothing. Nothing to it.
in no respect or degree; not at all: It was nothing like that. Nothing dismayed, he repeated his question.
amounting to nothing, as in offering no prospects for satisfaction, advancement, or the like: She was stuck in a nothing job.
for no apparent reason or motive.
futilely; to no avail: They had gone to a great deal of expense for nothing.
in nothing flat , in very little time: Dinner was finished in nothing flat.
to treat lightly; regard as easy.
to be unsuccessful in comprehending: He could make nothing of the complicated directions.
nothing but , nothing other than; only: We could see nothing but fog.
Informal . emphatically no; certainly not.
no activity, inducement, advantage, etc., present to the eye: We drove through the town but there seemed to be nothing doing.
nothing less than / short of , absolutely; completely: She was used to nothing less than the best.
to treat casually.
to regard as insignificant: He thinks nothing of lying to conceal his incompetence.
Origin of nothing
before 900; Middle English; Old English nānthing, nathing; see no 2 , thing 1
Grammar Greats and Gaffes
Examples from the News
- In the meantime, he should just accept that the holdup has nothing to do with his politics.
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- But, to relieve your mind, nothing at all has really happened.
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