[ noh-bod-ee, -buhd-ee, -buh-dee ]
See synonyms for: nobodynobodies on

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

noun,plural no·bod·ies.
  1. a person of no importance, influence, or power.

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Origin of nobody

First recorded 1300–50; Middle English; see origin at no2, body

Words that may be confused with nobody

Words Nearby nobody Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use nobody in a sentence

  • He was aware that his act by this time, had helped nobody, had made no one happy or satisfied—not even himself.

    The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
  • When you engaged yourself to the young woman you were poor and a nobody, and the step was perhaps excusable.

    Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • nobody else wanted Hugh Egerton's society, and he began to believe that this girl sincerely did want it.

  • And since nobody answered, Jolly Robin seemed to think he had silenced Mrs. Robin—for once.

    The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Please understand that nobody here had the least intention of playing a trick upon you!

British Dictionary definitions for nobody


/ (ˈnəʊbədɪ) /

  1. no person; no-one

nounplural -bodies
  1. an insignificant person


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Other 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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