Naught' is 'nothing' (from A.S. na 'not,' and wiht 'a whit or a thing'). Sometimes the spelling became 'nought' (perhaps under the influence of 'ought'). In the earliest editions of AV there is no difference between 'naught' and 'nought'; but in the ed. of 1638 a difference was introduced, 'naught' being used in 2Ki 2:19; Pr 20:14, because there the meaning is 'bad'; 'nought' everywhere else, but with the meaning 'worthlessness.' This distinction was preserved by Scrivener, in his Cambr. Par. Bible, and is found in most modern English Bibles.