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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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AUCHT, AUGHT, n.1 or pron. = St.Eng. aught, anything. [ɑxt as below. For other pronunciations see Ocht, n.]m.Sc. 1917 J. Buchan Poems 22:
And we were never aucht but puir Frae first to last.
Edb. 1844 J. Ballantine Miller of Deanhaugh 39:
Yes, fegs, ye'll fill her tub, an' winna Tak aught ava.
Arg.1 1929:
Hae ye aucht on ye?
Slk. 1826 Hogg in Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 212:
Tam ne'er did aught to cross the ane, And ne'er did aught to mense the ither.

[The usual Mod.Sc. form is Ocht. O.Sc. has Aucht. Mid.Eng. aught, aght, aht, O.E. āht, earlier āwiht, from ā, ever + wiht, wight, whit.]

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