Slang nothing or zero
Origin of zilchnonsense syllable, origin, originally used in the 1930s as the name of a character in the magazine Ballyhoo
- Zero; nothing.
- A person regarded as being insignificant; a nonentity.
Amounting to nothing; nil: “Business was zilch” (New York).
Origin of zilchPerhaps from alteration of z(ero) + (n)il.
- (informal) nothing.
Related to creative origin of Mr. Zilch in Ballyhoo, 1930s humor magazine.