[ suhm; unstressed suhm ]
/ sʌm; unstressed səm /
being an undetermined or unspecified one: Some person may object.
(used with plural nouns) certain: Some days I stay home.
of a certain unspecified number, amount, degree, etc.: to some extent.
unspecified but considerable in number, amount, degree, etc.: We talked for some time. He was here some weeks.
Informal. of impressive or remarkable quality, consequence, extent, etc.: That was some storm.
certain persons, individuals, instances, etc., not specified: Some think he is dead.
an unspecified number, amount, etc., as distinguished from the rest or in addition: He paid a thousand dollars and then some.
(used with numerals and with words expressing degree, extent, etc.) approximately; about: Some 300 were present.
Informal. to some degree or extent; somewhat: I like baseball some. She is feeling some better today.
Informal. to a great degree or extent; considerably: That's going some.
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Origin of some
First recorded before 900; Middle English (adjective and pronoun); Old English sum originally, “someone”; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle High German sum, Old Norse sumr, Gothic sums
words often confused with some
As pronouns, both some and any may be used in affirmative or negative questions: Will you ( won't you ) have some? Do you ( don't you ) have any? But some is used in affirmative statements and answers: You may have some. Yes, I'd like some. And in negative statements and answers, any is the usual choice: I don't care for any. No, I can't take any.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH somesome , sum.
Definition for some (2 of 4)
a native English suffix formerly used in the formation of adjectives: quarrelsome; burdensome.
Origin of -some1
Middle English; Old English -sum; akin to Gothic -sama,German -sam;see same
Definition for some (3 of 4)
a collective suffix used with numerals: twosome; threesome.
Origin of -some2
Middle English -sum,Old English sum; special use of some (pronoun)
Definition for some (4 of 4)
a combining form meaning “body,” used in the formation of compound words: chromosome.
Origin of -some3
<Greek sôma body; see soma1
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British Dictionary definitions for some (1 of 4)
/ (sʌm, unstressed səm) /
- (a) certain unknown or unspecifiedsome lunatic drove into my car; some people never learn
- (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)some can teach and others can't
- an unknown or unspecified quantity or amount ofthere's some rice on the table; he owns some horses
- (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)we'll buy some
- a considerable number or amount ofhe lived some years afterwards
- a littleshow him some respect
(usually stressed) informal an impressive or remarkablethat was some game!
a certain amount (more) (in the phrases some more and (informal) and then some)
about; approximatelyhe owes me some thirty pounds
US not standard to a certain degree or extentI guess I like him some
Word Origin for some
Old English sum; related to Old Norse sumr, Gothic sums, Old High German sum some, Sanskrit samá any, Greek hamē somehow
British Dictionary definitions for some (2 of 4)
suffix forming adjectives
characterized by; tending toawesome; tiresome
Word Origin for -some
Old English -sum; related to Gothic -sama, German -sam
British Dictionary definitions for some (3 of 4)
suffix forming nouns
indicating a group of a specified number of membersthreesome
Word Origin for -some
Old English sum, special use of some (determiner)
British Dictionary definitions for some (4 of 4)
/ (-səʊm) /
n combining form
Word Origin for -some
from Greek sōma body
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Medical definitions for some
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Idioms and Phrases with some
see and then some; catch some rays; catch some z's; dig up (some dirt); in a (some) sense; in some measure; one of these days (some day); take some doing; to some degree; win some, lose some.
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