- (UK) enPR: ôt, IPA(key): /ɔːt/
- Rhymes: -ɔːt
- (US) enPR: ôt, IPA(key): /ɔt/
- (cot–caught merger) enPR: ät, IPA(key): /ɑt/
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- Homophone: ought
- (archaic or dialectal) anything whatsoever, any part.
- 1678, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That which is to Come: […], London: […] Nath[aniel] Ponder […], →OCLC; reprinted in The Pilgrim’s Progress (The Noel Douglas Replicas), London: Noel Douglas, […], 1928, →OCLC, page 129:
- Then Proclamation was made, that they that had ought to ſay for their Lord the King againſt the Priſoner at the Bar, ſhould forthwith appear and give in their evidence.
- 1748, [David Hume], “chapter 29”, in Philosophical Essays Concerning Human Understanding, London: […] A[ndrew] Millar, […], →OCLC:
- […] to other objects, which for aught we know, may be only in appearance similar.
- 1885–1888, Richard F[rancis] Burton, transl. and editor, Supplemental Nights to the Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night […], Shammar edition, volume (please specify the volume), [London]: […] Burton Club […], →OCLC:
- But as soon as her son espied her, bowl in hand, he thought that haply something untoward had befallen her, but he would not ask of aught until such time as she had set down the bowl, when she acquainted him with that which had occurred […]
- 1912 October, Edgar Rice Burroughs, “Tarzan of the Apes”, in The All-Story, New York, N.Y.: Frank A. Munsey Co., →OCLC; republished as chapter 5, in Tarzan of the Apes, New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, 1914 June, →OCLC:
- His life among these fierce apes had been happy; for his recollection held no other life, nor did he know that there existed within the universe aught else than his little forest and the wild jungle animals with which he was familiar.
aught (not comparable)
- (archaic) At all, in any degree, in any respect.
- 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act V, scene i]:
- […] and if your love
Can labour aught in sad invention,
Hang her an epitaph upon her tomb,
And sing it to her bones [...]
- “aught”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
aught (plural aughts)
- whit, the smallest part, iota
- (archaic) zero
- The digit zero
- as the decade in years (for example, aught-nine for 1909 or 2009)
- in gun calibers (for example, thirty-aught-six for .30-06)
The use of aught and ought to mean "zero" is very much proscribed as the word aught originally meant the opposite of naught: "anything". This may be due to misanalysis, or may simply be the result of speakers confusing the meanings of aught and naught due to similar-sounding phonemes.
From Middle English aught (“estimation, regard, reputation”), from Old English æht (“estimation, consideration”), from Proto-West Germanic *ahtu. Cognate with Dutch acht (“attention, regard, heed”), German Acht (“attention, regard”). Also see ettle.
- (regional) Estimation.
- In my aught.
- (regional) Of importance or consequence (in the phrase "of aught").
- An event of aught.
- (regional, rare, obsolete) Esteem, respect.
- A man of aught (a man of high esteem, an important or well-respected man).
- Show some aught to your elders, boy.
In the first sense, generally found in the phrase "in one's aught" as inː "In my aught, this play ain't worth the candle". In the second sense, generally found in the phrase "of aught" as inː "nothing of aught has happened since you've been away, Sir". In the third sense, generally found in the phrase "a man of aught", or rarely in the more archaic phrase "to show somebody or something (some) aught" as inː "show your mother some aught, son".
- www.duden.de - Acht
- The Middle English Dictionary
- The Dictionary of the Scots Language
- The Dictionary of the Scots Language
Originally the past tense of owe.
- Obsolete or dialectal form of
- Obsolete or dialectal form of .
- 1822 May 29, [Walter Scott], The Fortunes of Nigel. […], volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), Edinburgh: […] [James Ballantyne and Co.] for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co., →OCLC:
- Seven — aught — aught tines on the antlers. By G—d, a hart of aught tines, and the first of the season!
- any, anything
- 1867, GLOSSARY OF THE DIALECT OF FORTH AND BARGY:
- Geeth hea aught?
- Doth he get any or anything?
- Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 23
- Alternative form of
- Numbers: oan, twye, dhree, vowre, veeve, zeese, zeven, aught, ween, dhen.