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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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  • Decent, unpretentious folks, somewhat new, but with loads of money.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • He was by no means what is termed a sportsman, yet he was somewhat fond of shooting.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • It is somewhat in the vein of "Sourdough" Service, the Yukon bard.

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  • Sallie Calkins was somewhat flurried by this unexpected call.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • The horrible stiffness was somewhat broken, and all were seated.

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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."

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