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.
Origin of zilchPerhaps from alteration of z(ero) (n)il
- (informal) nothing.
Related to creative origin of Mr. Zilch in Ballyhoo, 1930s humor magazine.