zilch

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Etymology[edit]

From American English Zilch, a surname for a (fictional) insignificant person (e.g. Joe Zilch or the Mr. Zilch found in the humour magazine Ballyhoo in 1931; compare John Doe). Possibly invented to sound amusing, and not related to the real German surname Zilch.[1]

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zilch (uncountable)

  1. (informal) nothing.
    • 1991, Judith Arnold, One Good Turn‎, page 104:
      "If the homeless wind up with zilch," James retorted, veiling his indignation behind a malevolent smile, "it's because they deserve zilch."

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  1. ^ zilch” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).