I. pronoun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English nān thing, nāthing, from nān no + thing thing — more at none Date: before 12th century 1. not any thing ; no thing <
leaves nothing to the imagination
2. no part 3. one of no interest, value, or consequence <
they mean nothing to me
II. adverb Date: 12th century not at all ; in no degree III. noun Date: 1535 1. a. something that does not exist b. the absence of all magnitude or quantity; also zero 1a c. nothingness, nonexistence 2. someone or something of no or slight value or size 3. a light, playful, or frivolous remark — usually used in plural <
whispered sweet nothings
IV. adjective Date: 1611 of no account ; worthless

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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