so many

1

Such a large number, as in There were so many guests that we didn't have enough chairs. [First half of 1200s]

2

An unspecified number, as in There allegedly are so many shrimp per pound, but of course the exact number depends on their size and weight. [First half of 1500s]

3

Forming a group, as in The reporters turned on the speaker like so many tigers let loose. [c. 1600]


Nearby words

  1. so far as,
  2. so far, so good,
  3. so help me,
  4. so long,
  5. so long as,
  6. so much,
  7. so much as,
  8. so much for,
  9. so much the,
  10. so that

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