[en-ee-hwairz, -wairz]

adverb Nonstandard.

Origin of anywheres

First recorded in 1765–75; anywhere + -s1


[en-ee-hwair, -wair]


in, at, or to any place.
to any extent; to some degree: Does my answer come anywhere near the right one?


any place or direction: They knew the attack could come from anywhere.


    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. 2019

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



US a nonstandard word for anywhere



in, at, or to any place
get anywhere to be successfulit took three years before he got anywhere
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