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[suhm-wahyz] /ˈsʌmˌwaɪz/
adverb, Archaic.
by some means; somehow.
Origin of somewise
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at some, wise2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • To you, therefore, these occasional writings will be in somewise addressed.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
  • A door I made in somewise, and for a window I had a piece of transparent skin, having no glass.

    The Deemster

    Hall Caine
  • Dopsy felt her hopes in somewise revived by Mr. Tregonell's manner of looking at things.

    Mount Royal, Volume 2 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Let us do what is needful, bow to the right, and in somewise forsake the wrong, and mend where we have broken.

  • "I shall come next week," says the professor, troubled in somewise by the meaning in her eyes.

    A Little Rebel Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
British Dictionary definitions for somewise


in some way or to some degree; somehow (archaic, except in the phrase in somewise)
Word Origin
C15: from some + -wise
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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