Origin of some
Related Words for somerany, approximately, amazing, bizarre, fascinating, remarkable, special, unusual, few, several
Examples from the Web for somer
Historical Examples of somer
Whan e wode wexe redy of rosene floures in e first somer sesoun oru e bree of e wynde Zephirus at wexe 996 warme.
Art ou distingwed and embelised by e spryngyng floures of e first somer 1224 sesoun.
Whan e wode wexe redy of rosene floures in e first somer sesoun oru e bree of e wynde Zephirus at wexe warme.
Art ou distingwed and embelised by e spryngyng floures of e first somer sesoun.
About the year 1600, "some strollers," as they are called in Somer's Tracts, were playing late at night at Piran.
- (a) certain unknown or unspecifiedsome lunatic drove into my car; some people never learn
- (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)some can teach and others can't
- an unknown or unspecified quantity or amount ofthere's some rice on the table; he owns some horses
- (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)we'll buy some
- a considerable number or amount ofhe lived some years afterwards
- a littleshow him some respect
Word Origin for some
Old English sum "some, a, a certain one, something, a certain quantity; a certain number;" with numerals "out of" (e.g. sum feowra "one of four"); from Proto-Germanic *suma- (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German sum, Old Norse sumr, Gothic sums), from PIE *smm-o-, suffixed form of root *sem- (1) "one," also "as one" (adv.), "together with" (see same). For substitution of -o- for -u-, see come.
The word has had greater currency in English than in the other Teutonic languages, in some of which it is now restricted to dialect use, or represented only by derivatives or compounds .... [OED]
As a pronoun from c.1100; as an adverb from late 13c. Meaning "remarkable" is attested from 1808, American English colloquial. A possessive form is attested from 1560s, but always was rare. Many combination forms (somewhat, sometime, somewhere) were in Middle English but often written as two words till 17-19c. Somewhen is rare and since 19c. used almost exclusively in combination with the more common compounds; somewho "someone" is attested from late 14c. but did not endure. Scott (1816) has somegate "somewhere, in some way, somehow," and somekins "some kind of a" is recorded from c.1200. Get some "have sexual intercourse" is attested 1899 in a quote attributed to Abe Lincoln from c.1840.
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.