[en-ee-bod-ee, -buhd-ee]


any person.

noun, plural an·y·bod·ies.

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

First recorded in 1250–1300, anybody is from the Middle English word ani bodi. See any, body
Can be confusedantibody anybody (see usage note at the current entry)

Usage note

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anybodys

Historical Examples of anybodys

  • The point is not his seeing or not seeing, nor anybodys seeing or not seeing.

    The Lost Art of Reading

    Gerald Stanley Lee

  • Half-way down, it was kind of neck and neck, and anybodys race and nobodys.

    A Horse's Tale

    Mark Twain

  • And another thing you must remember,you must not stand in anybodys way.

    Meg, of Valencia

    Myra Williams Jarrell

  • I dont say it is your fault; I dont say it is anybodys fault.

    The Angel of Pain

    E. F. Benson

  • There was not a smile on anybodys face, and all was silence.

    Twenty Years in Europe

    Samuel H. M. Byers

British Dictionary definitions for anybodys



any person; anyone
(usually used with a negative or a question) a person of any importancehe isn't anybody in this town

noun plural -bodies

(often preceded by just) any person at random; no matter who
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for anybodys



c.1300, ani-bodi, from any + body. One-word form is attested by 1826. Phrase anybody's game (or race, etc.) is from 1840.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper