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nobody

[noh-bod-ee, -buhd-ee, -buh-dee]
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pronoun
  1. no person; not anyone; no one: Nobody answered, so I hung up.
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noun, plural no·bod·ies.
  1. a person of no importance, influence, or power.
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Origin of nobody

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at no2, body
Can be confusednobody no one none1 (see usage note at none1)
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Related Words for nobody

nothing, nullity, zip, upstart, zero, wimp, nix, parvenu, cipher, zilch, lightweight, squirt, menial, nonentity, zippo, insignificancy

Examples from the Web for nobody

Contemporary Examples of nobody

Historical Examples of nobody

  • They all admired and respected her, and nobody doubted the reality of her adventures.

  • What I hear at night is the creaking of stairs, when I know that nobody ought to be stirring.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Hope bade one and another run for a physician, but nobody stirred.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • "Nobody ever thinks I see anything," said Aunt Jane, in some dejection.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • I desired her to give it into her own hand, when nobody was by.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson


British Dictionary definitions for nobody

nobody

pronoun
  1. no person; no-one
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noun plural -bodies
  1. an insignificant person
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Word Origin and History for nobody

n.

mid-14c., no body "no person noone," from Middle English no (adj.) "not any" + bodi (see body (n.)). Written as two words 14c.-18c.; hyphenated 17c.-18c. Incorrect use with their is attested from 1540s. Meaning "person of no importance" is from 1580s.

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Idioms and Phrases with nobody

nobody

In addition to the idioms beginning with nobody

  • nobody home

also see:

  • like crazy (nobody's business)
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