[ noh-bod-ee, -buhd-ee, -buh-dee ]
/ ˈnoʊˌbɒd i, -ˌbʌd i, -bə di /


no person; not anyone; no one: Nobody answered, so I hung up.

noun, plural no·bod·ies.

a person of no importance, influence, or power.

Origin of nobody

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at no2, body

Can be confused

nobody no one none1 (see usage note at none1) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nobody

British Dictionary definitions for nobody


/ (ˈnəʊbədɪ) /


no person; no-one

noun plural -bodies

an insignificant person


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Idioms and Phrases with nobody


In addition to the idioms beginning with nobody

  • nobody home

also see:

  • like crazy (nobody's business)
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