[ en-ee-bod-ee, -buhd-ee ]
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  1. any person.

noun,plural an·y·bod·ies.
  1. a person of some importance: If you're anybody, you'll receive an invitation.

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Idioms about anybody

  1. anybody's guess, a matter of conjecture: It's anybody's guess why she quit.

Origin of anybody

First recorded in 1250–1300, anybody is from Middle English ani bodi. See any, body

usage note For anybody

The pronoun anybody is always written as one word: Is anybody home? There isn't anybody in the office. The two-word noun phrase any body means “any group” ( Any body of students will include a few dissidents ) or “any physical body” ( The search continued for a week despite the failure to find any body ). If the word a can be substituted for any without seriously affecting the meaning, the two-word noun phrase is called for: a body of students; failure to find a body. If the substitution cannot be made, the spelling is anybody. Anybody is less formal than anyone. See also anyone.

usage note For anybody

See each, they.

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British Dictionary definitions for anybody


/ (ˈɛnɪˌbɒdɪ, -bədɪ) /

  1. any person; anyone

  2. (usually used with a negative or a question) a person of any importance: he isn't anybody in this town

nounplural -bodies
  1. (often preceded by just) any person at random; no matter who

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