Zeroth

Zeroth

ˈzērōTH

Adjective

  • Immediately preceding what is regarded as first in a series.

Get a new word in your inbox every day.

By subscribing you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Example Sentences

“I see you have the first step listed here, but I think we need a zeroth step before that.” 

“Turning the key is the first step to start the car, but buckling your seat belt is the zeroth step.”

“I make ‘take a deep breath” my zeroth task before uttering my first word of a speech.”

Word Origin

English, mid-19th century

Why this word?

When making a to-do list, you can rank tasks in order of importance: “first,” “second,” “third,” “fourth,” etc. But there’s actually a number that comes before first, “zeroth.” This ordinal number, based on the word “zero,” comes immediately before what is considered first in a series. Perhaps the zeroth step of a to-do list is writing the list itself.

  • More brands you’ll love

    Elevate Your Everyday

    More brands you’ll love

    Elevate Your Everyday

    Subscribe to Better Report to receive tips and tricks that will save you money, maximize your time, and improve your life.

    Subscribe to Better Report
    By clicking “Subscribe” you’re agreeing to Better Report Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Learn a new word Piquant

ˈpēk(w)ənt