any thing whatever; something, no matter what: Do you have anything for a toothache?
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
before 900; Middle English ani thing, eni thing, Old English ǣnig thing.
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for anythings
Historical Examples of anythings
If anythings worrying Mabel, Ive got a right to know what it is.
No two trees, no two leaves, no two anythings that are alike?
He had asks if there was anythings she was having needs of that he could bring back.
No two, trees, no two leaves, no two anythings that are alike?
Chauncey hates to acknowledge that anythings wrong he starts, and blazes ahead no matter what happens.
British Dictionary definitions for anythings
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
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Word Origin and History for anythings
late Old English aniþing, from any + thing. But Old English ænig þinga apparently also meant "somehow, anyhow" (glossing Latin quoquo modo).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with anythings
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
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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