- any person.
- a person of some importance: If you're anybody, you'll receive an invitation.
- anybody's guess, a matter of conjecture: It's anybody's guess why she quit.
Origin of 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, each, they.
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Examples from the Web for anybody
As anybody who has seen his now famous rant on Parks and Recreation knows, Patton Oswalt can get a little obsessed.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
“Any time you put a foreign substance into anybody you have the potential for an adverse event,” Geisbert reminds.Uh Oh: Ebola Vaccine Trials Stop
December 19, 2014
“He has one of the most unabashedly pro-life records as anybody in the field,” said Mackowiak.How A Jeb Bush Candidacy Would Hurt Chris Christie And Shake Up The 2016 GOP Field
December 16, 2014
I harbor a rock ‘n’ roll fantasy, just like anybody, and I welcomed the challenge.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’
December 4, 2014
The veteran officer believes Garner might have survived had anybody heeded his pleas.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture
December 4, 2014
They thought their own habits and customs just a trifle better than those of anybody else.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
In his sane moments he did not care a fig for anybody's birthday.Viviette
William J. Locke
Such a course is frequent and would not give the right of complaint to anybody.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Do not say a word to anybody about what has occurred to-night.Life in London
Well, of course, I could do better with it than anybody out of the family.Weighed and Wanting
- any person; anyone
- (usually used with a negative or a question) a person of any importancehe isn't anybody in this town
- (often preceded by just) any person at random; no matter who
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Word Origin and History for anybody
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