An example of usage of the word aught is to say, “I don't suppose you know anything at all about this stain on the carpet?”
- anything whatever: for aught I know
Origin of aught< a naught (see naught), by faulty separation into an aught a zero
Origin of aughtMiddle English from Old English awiht from a, ever + wiht, a creature, wight
Origin of aughtMiddle English from Old English āuht ; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of aughtFrom an aught alteration of a naught ; see naught .
- anything whatever, any part.
- (archaic) At all, in any degree, in any respect.
(third-person singular simple present aughts, present participle aughting, simple past and past participle aughted)
(comparative more aught, superlative most aught)
- possessed of
From Middle English aught, ought, from Old English ǣht, from āgan (“to owe", "to own”)
From Middle English ahte, from Old English eahta (“eight”). More at eight.