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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
noth•ing /ˈnʌθɪŋ/USA pronunciation
pron. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- not anything:He was warned to say nothing about the affair.
- no trace:The house showed nothing of its former splendor.
- something of no importance, significance, or value:Money means nothing to him.
- (used to express the opinion that some action is not a great effort, or is no trouble, etc.):Carry four bags? Nothing to it.
- an unimportant action, matter, circumstance, thing, or remark:[countable]whispering sweet nothings.
- [countable] a person of little or no importance;
a cipher:[uncountable]Five minus five leaves nothing.
adj. [before a noun]
- in no respect or degree;
not at all:It was nothing like that.
- amounting to nothing:He did a nothing job on that last report.
- Idiomsfor nothing:
- Idiomsfree of charge:He towed the car for nothing.
- Idiomsfor no apparent reason or motive:flew into a rage for nothing.
- Idiomsfor no gain:We went to all that trouble for nothing.
- Idiomsin nothing flat, in very little time:He drove the twenty miles in nothing flat.
- Idiomsmake nothing of, [~ + object]
- Idiomsto fail to understand or comprehend:I can make nothing of this handwriting.
- nothing but, only;
just:I could see nothing but corn everywhere I looked.
- Idiomsnothing doing, [Informal.]
- certainly not:"So do I get the raise?'' —"Nothing doing!''
- Idiomsthink nothing of, [~ + object] to regard or consider as unimportant, insignificant, or easy:thought nothing of running ten miles a day.
(nuth′ing),USA pronunciation n.
- no thing;
naught:to say nothing.
- no part, share, or trace (usually fol. by of ):The house showed nothing of its former magnificence.
- something that is nonexistent.
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;
- 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.
- for nothing:
- Idiomsfree of charge.
- Idiomsfor no apparent reason or motive.
to no avail:They had gone to a great deal of expense for nothing.
- Idiomsin nothing flat, in very little time:Dinner was finished in nothing flat.
- make nothing of:
- Idiomsto treat lightly;
regard as easy.
- Idiomsto be unsuccessful in comprehending:He could make nothing of the complicated directions.
- Idiomsnothing but, nothing other than;
only:We could see nothing but fog.
- nothing doing:
- Idioms[Informal.]emphatically no;
- Idiomsno activity, inducement, advantage, etc., present to the eye:We drove through the town but there seemed to be nothing doing.
- Idiomsnothing less than or short of, absolutely;
completely:She was used to nothing less than the best.
- think nothing of:
- Idiomsto treat casually.
- Idiomsto regard as insignificant:He thinks nothing of lying to conceal his incompetence.
- 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.
- bef. 900; Middle English; Old English nānthing, nathing; see no2, thing1
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
nothing /ˈnʌθɪŋ/ pron
- (indefinite) no thing; not anything, as of an implied or specified class of things: I can give you nothing
- no part or share: to have nothing to do with this crime
- a matter of no importance or significance: it doesn't matter, it's nothing
- indicating the absence of anything perceptible; nothingness
- indicating the absence of meaning, value, worth, etc: to amount to nothing
- zero quantity; nought
- be nothing to ⇒ not to concern or be significant to (someone)
- to be not nearly as good as
- have nothing to do with, be nothing to do with ⇒ to have no connection with
- nothing but ⇒ not something other than; only
- nothing doing ⇒ informal an expression of dismissal, disapproval, lack of compliance with a request, etc
- nothing if not ⇒ at the very least; certainly
- nothing less than, nothing short of ⇒ downright; truly
- there's nothing to it ⇒ it is very simple, easy, etc
- think nothing of ⇒ to regard as routine, easy, or natural
- to have no compunction or hesitation about
- to have a very low opinion of
- in no way; not at all: he looked nothing like his brother
Etymology: Old English nāthing, nān thing, from nān none1 + thing1
- informal a person or thing of no importance or significance
- sweet nothings ⇒ words of endearment or affection
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