Naught is defined as nothing.
When you made an effort and it resulted in nothing occurring at all, this is an example of a time when your efforts were for naught.
Origin of naughtMiddle English from Old English nawiht from na (see no) + wiht (see wight, whit)
- alt. sp. of nought
- worthless; useless
- wicked; evil
Archaic not in the least: it matters naught
set at naught
Archaic to defy; scorn
- Nonexistence; nothingness.
- The figure 0; a cipher; a zero.
Nothing: All their work was for naught.
Origin of naughtMiddle English from Old English nāwiht nā no ; see ne in Indo-European roots. wiht thing ; see wekti- in Indo-European roots.