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  1. in some way not specified, apparent, or known.
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  1. somehow or other, in an undetermined way; by any means possible: She was determined to finish college somehow or other.
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Origin of somehow

First recorded in 1655–65; some + how1
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British Dictionary definitions for somehow


  1. in some unspecified way
  2. Also: somehow or other by any means that are necessary
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Word Origin and History for somehow


1660s, "in some way not yet known," from some + how. First attested in phrase somehow or other.

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Idioms and Phrases with somehow


see under or other.

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