aught (n.2) Look up aught at
"nothing, zero," faulty separation of a naught (see naught). See adder for similar misdivisions.
aught (n.1) Look up aught at
"something, anything," late 12c., from Old English awiht "aught, anything, something," literally "e'er a whit," from a- "ever" (from Proto-Germanic *aiwi "ever," from PIE root *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity;" see eon) + *wihti "thing, anything whatever" (see wight). In Shakespeare, Milton, and Pope, aught and ought occur indiscriminately. Chaucer used aughtwhere (adv.) "anywhere."