[ suhm-er ]
/ ˈsʌm ər /

noun Obsolete.

Definition for somer (2 of 2)


[ suhm; unstressed suh m ]
/ sʌm; unstressed səm /



certain persons, individuals, instances, etc., not specified: Some think he is dead.
an unspecified number, amount, etc., as distinguished from the rest or in addition: He paid a thousand dollars and then some.


Origin of some

before 900; Middle English (adj. and pronoun); Old English sum orig., someone; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle High German sum, Old Norse sumr, Gothic sums

Can be confused

some sum (see usage note at the current entry)

Usage note

As pronouns, both some and any may be used in affirmative or negative questions: Will you ( won't you ) have some? Do you ( don't you ) have any? But some is used in affirmative statements and answers: You may have some. Yes, I'd like some. And in negative statements and answers, any is the usual choice: I don't care for any. No, I can't take any. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for somer


/ (sʌm, unstressed səm) /



US not standard to a certain degree or extentI guess I like him some

Word Origin for some

Old English sum; related to Old Norse sumr, Gothic sums, Old High German sum some, Sanskrit samá any, Greek hamē somehow
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Idioms and Phrases with somer


see and then some; catch some rays; catch some z's; dig up (some dirt); in a (some) sense; in some measure; one of these days (some day); take some doing; to some degree; win some, lose some.

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