- nothing; naught; zero.
- having no value or existence: His credit rating is nil.
- to wonder at nothing.
- never despair.
- another word for nothing: used esp in the scoring of certain games
- never despair
“nothing,” 1833, from Latin nil, contraction of nihil, nihilum “nothing, not at all; in vain,” from ne- “not” (see un-) + hilum “small thing, trifle,” of unknown origin.