1 not anything; no single thingThere was nothing in her bag.There's nothing you can do to help.The doctor said there was nothing wrong with me.Nothing else matters to him apart from his job.It cost us nothing to go in. (British English) He's five foot nothing (= exactly five feet tall).2 something that is not at all important or interesting‘What's that in your pocket?’ ‘Oh, nothing.’We did nothing at the weekend.
be nothing to somebody
to be a person for whom somebody has no feelingsI used to love her but she's nothing to me any more.
be/have nothing to do with somebody/something
to have no connection with somebody/somethingGet out! It's nothing to do with you (= you have no right to know about it).That has nothing to do with what we're discussing.
for nothing1 without payment
SynonymfreeShe's always trying to get something for nothing.2 with no reward or resultAll that preparation was for nothing because the visit was cancelled.
have nothing on somebody(informal)1 to have much less of a particular quality than somebody/somethingI'm quite a fast worker, but I've got nothing on her!2 (of the police, etc.) to have no information that could show somebody to be guilty of something
not for nothing
for a very good reasonNot for nothing was he called the king of rock and roll.
only; no more/less thanNothing but a miracle can save her now.I want nothing but the best for my children.
nothing if not
extremely; veryThe trip was nothing if not varied.
nothing less than
used to emphasize how great or extreme something isIt was nothing less than a disaster.
nothing like(informal)1 not at all likeIt looks nothing like a horse.2 not nearly; not at allI had nothing like enough time to answer all the questions.
not a great amount of something; nothing of great value or importanceThere's nothing much in the fridge.I got up late and did nothing much all day.
(there's) nothing to it
(it's) very easyYou'll soon learn. There's nothing to it really.
there is/was nothing (else) for it (but to do something)
there is no other action to take except the one mentionedThere was nothing else for it but to resign.
there is/was nothing in something
something is/was not trueThere was a rumour she was going to resign, but there was nothing in it.
more at stop at nothing at stop v., sweet nothings at sweet adjective
there's nothing like something
used to say that you enjoy something very muchThere's nothing like a brisk walk on a cold day!