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[en-ee-bod-ee, -buhd-ee] /ˈɛn iˌbɒd i, -ˌbʌd i/
any person.
noun, plural anybodies.
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
First recorded in 1250-1300, anybody is from the Middle English word 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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for anybodys
Historical Examples
  • The point is not his seeing or not seeing, nor anybodys seeing or not seeing.

    The Lost Art of Reading Gerald Stanley Lee
  • Half-way down, it was kind of neck and neck, and anybodys race and nobodys.

    A Horse's Tale Mark Twain
  • And another thing you must remember,you must not stand in anybodys way.

    Meg, of Valencia Myra Williams Jarrell
  • I dont say it is your fault; I dont say it is anybodys fault.

    The Angel of Pain E. F. Benson
  • There was not a smile on anybodys face, and all was silence.

    Twenty Years in Europe Samuel H. M. Byers
  • To take the wind out of anybodys sailswell, that was too deadly!

    Betty Lee, Senior

    Harriet Pyne Grove
  • She didnt see for her part how anybodys heart could stand it.

    The Minister's Wooing Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • We shall make some arabesques when we wish to, and better than anybodys.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2 Gustave Flaubert
  • And if I went to bed with typhoid I couldnt be anybodys pal.

  • Well, he said, theres only one way to begin the story of anybodys life.

    Famous Flyers David Goodger (
British Dictionary definitions for anybodys


/ˈɛnɪˌbɒdɪ; -bədɪ/
any person; anyone
(usually used with a negative or a question) a person of any importance: he isn't anybody in this town
noun (pl) -bodies
(often preceded by just) any person at random; no matter who
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for anybodys



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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