1) From nought, an alternative spelling of naught. When used of people it had a range of meanings which included abject, evil, wicked, worthless.
c.1515 dyueres other light lude and noughtie persons to the noumber of twentie, Ilkley
c.1536 he was a nowghty person, Tadcaster
1568 did imprison Ric. Londesdaill, clerk, for his evell behaviour and noughtie lieffe, Tickhill.