- 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 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
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
- 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 anybodys
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