Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See nout.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) Neat cattle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Scotland and Northern England An ox.
  • noun Scotland and Northern England Herd of cattle.
  • pronoun Northern England naught, nothing
  • noun Northern England, Sussex naught, nothing
  • adverb Northern England naught, nothing

Etymologies

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From Middle English, from Old Norse. Cognate with Old English nēat.

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From Middle English naught, nought, naht, nawiht, from Old English. Compare naught.

Examples

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  • nothing, or cows

    December 23, 2006

  • nowt < nought? anyone?

    February 13, 2010

  • Familiar to me mainly from reading the James Herriot novels, where the Yorkshiremen are given to saying it that way.

    February 13, 2010

  • You ought not talk like that.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-21340029

    "Parents at a Teesside school have been asked to correct their children's local accents and grammar.

    Sacred Heart Primary School in Middlesbrough wants pupils to stop pronouncing "work" as "werk" and "shirt" as "shert"."

    February 6, 2013