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anybody

[en-ee-bod-ee, -buhd-ee] /ˈɛn iˌbɒd i, -ˌbʌd i/
pronoun
1.
any person.
noun, plural anybodies.
2.
a person of some importance:
If you're anybody, you'll receive an invitation.
Idioms
3.
anybody's guess, a matter of conjecture:
It's anybody's guess why she quit.
Origin of anybody
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English ani bodi. See any, body
Can be confused
antibody, anybody (see usage note at the current entry)
Usage note
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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Examples from the Web for anybodys
Historical Examples
  • Woman, groaned Joseph Stagg, it doesnt matter whose fault it isor if its anybodys fault.

    Carolyn of the Corners Ruth Belmore Endicott
  • The point is not his seeing or not seeing, nor anybodys seeing or not seeing.

    The Lost Art of Reading Gerald Stanley Lee
  • She didnt see for her part how anybodys heart could stand it.

    The Minister's Wooing Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Half-way down, it was kind of neck and neck, and anybodys race and nobodys.

    A Horse's Tale Mark Twain
  • Suzanne; she is a good child, on my honor, and incapable of tearing a hair from anybodys head, I dont care whose.

  • And another thing you must remember,you must not stand in anybodys way.

    Meg, of Valencia Myra Williams Jarrell
  • The contempt alone is not genuine, but assumed to meet ours or anybodys.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 3 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • I dont say it is your fault; I dont say it is anybodys fault.

    The Angel of Pain E. F. Benson
  • It was anybodys job, if he woke up, to crawl out and throw more wood on the fire, and Joe twice did this.

    Boy Scouts in Glacier Park Walter Prichard Eaton
  • There was not a smile on anybodys face, and all was silence.

    Twenty Years in Europe Samuel H. M. Byers
British Dictionary definitions for anybodys

anybody

/ˈɛnɪˌbɒdɪ; -bədɪ/
pronoun
1.
any person; anyone
2.
(usually used with a negative or a question) a person of any importance: he isn't anybody in this town
noun (pl) -bodies
3.
(often preceded by just) any person at random; no matter who
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Word Origin and History for anybodys

anybody

n.

c.1300, ani-bodi, from any + body. One-word form is attested by 1826. Phrase anybody's game (or race, etc.) is from 1840.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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