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."
aught (n.2) Look up aught at
"nothing, zero," faulty separation of a naught (see naught). See adder for similar misdivisions.