[en-ee-hwairz, -wairz]

Origin of anywheres

First recorded in 1765–75; anywhere + -s1


[en-ee-hwair, -wair]
  1. in, at, or to any place.
  2. to any extent; to some degree: Does my answer come anywhere near the right one?
  1. any place or direction: They knew the attack could come from anywhere.
  1. get anywhere, to achieve success: You'll never get anywhere with that attitude!

Origin of anywhere

1350–1400; Middle English anywher(e), aniquar. See any, where

Usage note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for anywheres

anyplace, everywhere, wherever

Examples from the Web for anywheres

Historical Examples of anywheres

  • We was used to the balloon now and not afraid any more, and didn't want to be anywheres else.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • I'm heading towards US-1, can I drop you anywheres on the way?

    The Velvet Glove

    Harry Harrison

  • The elastic's all worn loose and it's li'ble to drop into your tea or anywheres else.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Said, dead or alive, it wasn't really home for her anywheres else.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • I tick, tick, tick all day over this pesky business, but I don't get anywheres.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for anywheres


  1. US a nonstandard word for anywhere


  1. in, at, or to any place
  2. get anywhere to be successfulit took three years before he got anywhere
  3. anywhere from any quantity, time, degree, etc, above a specified limithe could be anywhere from 40 to 50 years old
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 anywheres



late 14c., from any + where. Earlier words in this sense were owhere, oughwhere, aywhere, literally "aught where" (see aught (1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper