- any thing whatever; something, no matter what: Do you have anything for a toothache?
- a thing of any kind.
- in any degree; to any extent; in any way; at all: Does it taste anything like chocolate?
- anything but, in no degree or respect; not in the least: The plans were anything but definite.
- anything goes, any type of conduct, dress, speech, etc., is considered acceptable or valid or is likely to be encountered and tolerated: That resort is a place where anything goes!
Origin of anything
- any object, event, action, etc, whateveranything might happen
- a thing of any kindhave you anything to declare?
- in any wayhe wasn't anything like his father
- anything but by no means; not in the leastshe was anything but happy
- like anything (intensifier; usually euphemistic)he ran like anything
Word Origin and History for anything but
Idioms and Phrases with anything but
By no means, not at all, as in He is anything but ambitious for a promotion. William Wordsworth in his long poem, The Prelude (1805–1806), wrote: “Grief call it not, 'twas anything but that.”
In addition to the idioms beginning with anything
- anything but
- anything goes
- anything like
- can't do anything with
- if anything
- like anything
- not anything like