- any person.
- a person of some importance: If you're anybody, you'll receive an invitation.
- anybody's guess, a matter of conjecture: It's anybody's guess why she quit.
Origin of anybody
The pronoun anybody is always written as one word: Is anybody home? There isn't anybody in the office. The two-word noun phrase any body means “any group” ( Any body of students will include a few dissidents ) or “any physical body”: The search continued for a week despite the failure to find any body. If the word a can be substituted for any without seriously affecting the meaning, the two-word noun phrase is called for: a body of students; failure to find a body. If the substitution cannot be made, the spelling is anybody. Anybody is less formal than anyone. See also anyone, each, they.
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- any person; anyone
- (usually used with a negative or a question) a person of any importancehe isn't anybody in this town
- (often preceded by just) any person at random; no matter who
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Word Origin and History for anybody's guess
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