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[suhm-bod-ee, -buhd-ee, -buh-dee] /ˈsʌmˌbɒd i, -ˌbʌd i, -bə di/
some person.
noun, plural somebodies.
a person of some note or importance.
Origin of somebody
Middle English word dating back to 1275-1325; See origin at some, body Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If you can't skin yourself you can hold a leg while somebody else skins.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Exactly; and there ain't really any reason why you can't be somebody here.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "Here is somebody who will look at Hope," cried Kate, suddenly.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • But I can always stop when it is evident that I shall cause pain to somebody.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • somebody might have gone out and insulted Andy to his face for the first time.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
British Dictionary definitions for somebody


some person; someone
noun (pl) -bodies
a person of greater importance than others: he seems to be somebody in this town
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for somebody

c.1300, "indeterminate person," from some + body. Meaning "important person, person of consequence" is from 1560s. Somebody else is from 1640s; meaning "romantic rival" is from 1911.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for somebody



A consequential person: Leroy was a somebody/ I could have been somebody, Charley. I could have been a contender (1566+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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