Definition of nothing pronoun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈnʌθɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnʌθɪŋ//
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  1. 1  not anything; no single thing There was nothing in her bag. There's nothing you can do to help. The doctor said there was nothing wrong with me. Nothing else matters to him apart from his job. It cost us nothing to go in. (British English) He's five foot nothing (= exactly five feet tall).
  2. 2  something that is not at all important or interesting ‘What's that in your pocket?’ ‘Oh, nothing.’ We did nothing at the weekend.
  3. Word OriginOld English nān thing (see no, thing).Idioms to be a person for whom somebody has no feelings I used to love her but she's nothing to me any more.
    be/have nothing to do with somebody/something
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     to have no connection with somebody/something Get out! It's nothing to do with you (= you have no right to know about it). That has nothing to do with what we're discussing.
    1. 1  without payment synonym free She's always trying to get something for nothing.
    2. 2  with no reward or result All that preparation was for nothing because the visit was cancelled.
      have nothing on somebody (informal)
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    1. 1to have much less of a particular quality than somebody/something I'm quite a fast worker, but I've got nothing on her!
    2. 2(of the police, etc.) to have no information that could show somebody to be guilty of something
    for a very good reason Not for nothing was he called the king of rock and roll.  only; no more/less than Nothing but a miracle can save her now. I want nothing but the best for my children. extremely; very The trip was nothing if not varied. used to emphasize how great or extreme something is It was nothing less than a disaster.
      nothing like (informal)
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    1. 1  not at all like It looks nothing like a horse.
    2. 2  not nearly; not at all I had nothing like enough time to answer all the questions.
    not a great amount of something; nothing of great value or importance There's nothing much in the fridge. I got up late and did nothing much all day.
    (there’s) nothing to it
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    (it’s) very easy You'll soon learn. There's nothing to it really.
    to be willing to do anything to get what you want, even if it is dishonest or wrong She’ll stop at nothing to make money. romantic words to whisper sweet nothings in somebody’s ear
    there is/was nothing (else) for it (but to do something)
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    there is no other action to take except the one mentioned There was nothing else for it but to resign.
    there is/was nothing in something
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    something is/was not true There was a rumour she was going to resign, but there was nothing in it.
    there’s nothing like something
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    used to say that you enjoy something very much There's nothing like a brisk walk on a cold day!
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nothing