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anything

[en-ee-thing]
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pronoun
  1. any thing whatever; something, no matter what: Do you have anything for a toothache?
noun
  1. a thing of any kind.
adverb
  1. in any degree; to any extent; in any way; at all: Does it taste anything like chocolate?
Idioms
  1. anything but, in no degree or respect; not in the least: The plans were anything but definite.
  2. anything goes, any type of conduct, dress, speech, etc., is considered acceptable or valid or is likely to be encountered and tolerated: That resort is a place where anything goes!

Origin of anything

before 900; Middle English ani thing, eni thing, Old English ǣnig thing. See any, thing1
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Examples from the Web for anything

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • Besides, I never felt contempt for anything to which the gods had given life.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • I am more grateful to you than words can utter—and I will always be glad to do anything for you.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • However, he was regularly engaged, and it was of no use for me to say anything against him.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Did he say anything about what he had done with this thousand dollars or more?

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • He no longer felt the presence of anything overt between them.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for anything

anything

pronoun
  1. any object, event, action, etc, whateveranything might happen
noun
  1. a thing of any kindhave you anything to declare?
adverb
  1. in any wayhe wasn't anything like his father
  2. anything but by no means; not in the leastshe was anything but happy
  3. like anything (intensifier; usually euphemistic)he ran like anything
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Word Origin and History for anything

n.

late Old English aniþing, from any + thing. But Old English ænig þinga apparently also meant "somehow, anyhow" (glossing Latin quoquo modo).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with anything

anything

In addition to the idioms beginning with anything

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