for nothing - definition and synonyms

  1. 1
    without any payment

    Some of the men volunteered to work for nothing.

    I’m a club member, so I can get tickets for nothing.

  2. 2
    without a reason or purpose

    Why did you call me down here for nothing?

    not for nothing (=for a good reason):

    Not for nothing is McRae known as ‘the wild man of motor sport’.

See also main entry: nothing