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[suhm-hwuht, -hwot, -hwuh t, -wuht, -wot, -wuh t] /ˈsʌmˌʰwʌt, -ˌʰwɒt, -ʰwət, -ˌwʌt, -ˌwɒt, -wət/
in some measure or degree; to some extent:
not angry, just somewhat disturbed.
some part, portion, amount, etc.
Origin of somewhat
Middle English word dating back to 1150-1200; See origin at some, what Unabridged
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  • Pileus is smooth, continuous, somewhat viscid, margin incurved.

  • Not to go back, is somewhat to advance, And men must walk at least before they dance.

    Essay on Man Alexander Pope
  • Sub-eroded: wing margins when somewhat, but irregularly, indented.

  • It would doubtless be somewhat clearer in the morning when she wasn't so sleepy.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • Seamen have always been somewhat of a class apart, though they are less so now.

    All Afloat William Wood
British Dictionary definitions for somewhat


(not used with a negative) rather; a bit: she found it somewhat less easy than he
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for somewhat

c.1200, "in a certain amount, to a certain degree," from some + what. Replaced Old English sumdæl, sume dæle "somewhat, some portion," literally "some deal."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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