somebody

[ suhm-bod-ee, -buhd-ee, -buh-dee ]
/ ˈsʌmˌbɒd i, -ˌbʌd i, -bə di /

pronoun

some person.

noun, plural some·bod·ies.

a person of some note or importance.

Nearby words

  1. somberly,
  2. sombre,
  3. sombrero,
  4. sombrous,
  5. some,
  6. somebody up there loves me,
  7. someday,
  8. somedeal,
  9. somehow,
  10. someone

Origin of somebody

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

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British Dictionary definitions for somebody

somebody

/ (ˈsʌmbədɪ) /

pronoun

some person; someone

noun plural -bodies

a person of greater importance than othershe seems to be somebody in this town

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Word Origin and History for somebody

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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