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somebody

[suhm-bod-ee, -buhd-ee, -buh-dee]
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pronoun
  1. some person.
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noun, plural some·bod·ies.
  1. a person of some note or importance.
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Origin of somebody

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at some, body
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Related Words for somebody

someone, whoever, name, celebrity, luminary, notable, personage, one, dignitary, heavyweight, VIP, star, superstar, so-and-so

Examples from the Web for somebody

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Historical Examples of somebody

  • If you can't skin yourself you can hold a leg while somebody else skins.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Exactly; and there ain't really any reason why you can't be somebody here.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • But I can always stop when it is evident that I shall cause pain to somebody.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • "Here is somebody who will look at Hope," cried Kate, suddenly.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Somebody might have gone out and insulted Andy to his face for the first time.


British Dictionary definitions for somebody

somebody

pronoun
  1. some person; someone
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noun plural -bodies
  1. a person of greater importance than othershe seems to be somebody in this town
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Word Origin and History for somebody

n.

c.1300, "indeterminate person," from some + body. Meaning "important person, person of consequence" is from 1560s. Somebody else is from 1640s; meaning "romantic rival" is from 1911.

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