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  1. some thing; a certain undetermined or unspecified thing: Something is wrong there. Something's happening.
  2. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. in some degree; to some extent; somewhat.
  2. 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
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  1. an unspecified or unknown thing; some thinghe knows something you don't; take something warm with you
  2. an unspecified or unknown amount; bitsomething less than a hundred
  3. an impressive or important person, thing, or eventisn't that something?
  4. something else a remarkable person or thing
  5. something or other one unspecified thing or an alternative thing
  1. to some degree; a little; somewhatto look something like me
  2. (foll by an adjective) informal (intensifier)it hurts something awful
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Word Origin and History for somethings



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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