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[suhm-thing] /ˈsʌmˌθɪŋ/
some thing; a certain undetermined or unspecified thing:
Something is wrong there. Something's happening.
an additional amount, as of cents or minutes, that is unknown, unspecified, or forgotten:
He charged me ten something for the hat. Our train gets in at two something.
Informal. a person or thing of some value or consequence:
He is really something! This writer has something to say and she says it well.
in some degree; to some extent; somewhat.
Informal. to a high or extreme degree; quite:
He took on something fierce about my tardiness.
Origin of something
before 1000; Middle English, Old English sum thing. See some, thing1 Unabridged
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  • He wanted his Mother as much as ever, but something told him it was no use.

    The Biography of a Grizzly Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • But just to prove to you what a silly goose I am, I'll show you something.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • He says you've got something up your sleeve and he hasn't decided what it is.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • There is something in the air out here that is almost intoxicating!

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • Here is something about 'friend,' and another word I can't make out.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for something


an unspecified or unknown thing; some thing: he knows something you don't, take something warm with you
an unspecified or unknown amount; bit: something less than a hundred
an impressive or important person, thing, or event: isn't that something?
something else, a remarkable person or thing
something or other, one unspecified thing or an alternative thing
to some degree; a little; somewhat: to look something like me
(foll by an adjective) (informal) (intensifier): it hurts something awful
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Word Origin and History for something

Old English sum þinge; see some + thing. Hyphenated from c.1300; one word from 17c. Formerly common as an adverb (e.g. something like). Meaning "some liquor, food, etc." is from 1570s. Meaning "a thing worthy of consideration" is from 1580s; emphatic form something else is from 1909. Phrase something for nothing is from 1869. To make something of is from 1778.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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A remarkable person or thing: Did you see his shirt? It's something! (1582+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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