how to pronounce nought


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nought is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of nought in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… in trips by nought to 15 year olds so …”

meanings of nought


  1. A thing or person of no worth or value; nil.
  2. Nothing; something which does not exist.
  3. Not any quantity of number; zero; the score of no points in a game.
  4. The figure or character representing, or having the shape of, zero.


  1. Good for nothing; worthless.
  2. Wicked, immoral.


  1. Not.
  2. To no extent; in no way; not at all.


  1. To abase, to set at nought.


  1. Nothing; zero.

nought frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word nought occurs in english on average 5.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics nought can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that nought can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

words with pronunciation similar to nought


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