I. n
nothing. The word became common in US speech in the later 1960s, spread-ing to Britain in the 1980s. It is either an invented alteration of 'zero' or from sub-sense b.
a nonentity. Zilsch or Zilch is a Yid-dish/German family name borrowed for a comic character featuring in Ballyhoo magazine in the USA in the 1930s.
the name of a dice game
II. vb
to defeat utterly
to fail utterly
Both usages, found in adolescent speech, are based on the earlier noun form.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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