[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. noblesse oblige,
  2. noblesville,
  3. noblewoman,
  4. nobly,
  5. nobodaddy,
  6. nobody home,
  7. nobody's fool,
  8. nobunaga,
  9. nocardia,
  10. nocardia asteroides

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) 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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Word Origin and History for nobody



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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