[ en-ee-thing ]
/ ˈɛn iˌθɪŋ /


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?

Nearby words

  1. anyon,
  2. anyone,
  3. anyone's guess,
  4. anyplace,
  5. anyroad,
  6. anything but,
  7. anything goes,
  8. anything like,
  9. anythingarian,
  10. anytime


    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. See any, thing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anythings

British Dictionary definitions for anythings


/ (ˈɛnɪˌθɪŋ) /


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
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 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

also see:

  • can't do anything with
  • if anything
  • like anything
  • not anything like
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.