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nobody

[noh-bod-ee, -buhd-ee, -buh-dee] /ˈnoʊˌbɒd i, -ˌbʌd i, -bə di/
pronoun
1.
no person; not anyone; no one:
Nobody answered, so I hung up.
noun, plural nobodies.
2.
a person of no importance, influence, or power.
Origin of nobody
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at no2, body
Can be confused
nobody, no one, none (see usage note at none)
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Examples from the Web for nobody
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  • They all admired and respected her, and nobody doubted the reality of her adventures.

  • "nobody ever thinks I see anything," said Aunt Jane, in some dejection.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • What I hear at night is the creaking of stairs, when I know that nobody ought to be stirring.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Hope bade one and another run for a physician, but nobody stirred.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • I desired her to give it into her own hand, when nobody was by.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for nobody

nobody

/ˈnəʊbədɪ/
pronoun
1.
no person; no-one
noun (pl) -bodies
2.
an insignificant person
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Word Origin and History for nobody
n.

mid-14c., no body "no person noone," from Middle English no (adj.) "not any" + bodi (see body (n.)). Written as two words 14c.-18c.; hyphenated 17c.-18c. Incorrect use with their is attested from 1540s. Meaning "person of no importance" is from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with nobody

nobody

In addition to the idioms beginning with nobody nobody home also see: like crazy (nobody's business)
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