- some thing; a certain undetermined or unspecified thing: Something is wrong there. Something's happening.
- an additional amount, as of cents or minutes, that is unknown, unspecified, or forgotten: He charged me ten something for the hat. Our train gets in at two something.
- Informal. a person or thing of some value or consequence: He is really something! This writer has something to say and she says it well.
- in some degree; to some extent; somewhat.
- Informal. to a high or extreme degree; quite: He took on something fierce about my tardiness.
Origin of something
Examples from the Web for something
Something like fluoride, which is too small for normal filters, yanks away that feeling of agency.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
But I think Steve Austin has to team up with a Japanese holdout to stop a nuclear bomb from going off or something.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
It was something ineffable and harder to define: freedom of speech.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
We did ThunderAnt stuff for ourselves and just put it online, and then it blossomed into something else.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
Even the hot Jewish women I mentioned above did something a bit more “intellectual” than pageantry: acting.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
And he had hoped so cheerfully all the time to do something.
Did he tell you how to make a lovely asparagus short-cake or something?
"Looks as if there were something doing there," said Percival, as they drove off the wharf.
He decided, too, that he could think better with something mechanical to occupy his hands.
If you think it is I'll tell you something that isn't: Avice practically refused him.
- an unspecified or unknown thing; some thinghe knows something you don't; take something warm with you
- an unspecified or unknown amount; bitsomething less than a hundred
- an impressive or important person, thing, or eventisn't that something?
- something else a remarkable person or thing
- something or other one unspecified thing or an alternative thing
- to some degree; a little; somewhatto look something like me
- (foll by an adjective) informal (intensifier)it hurts something awful
Word Origin and History for something
Old English sum þinge; see some + thing. Hyphenated from c.1300; one word from 17c. Formerly common as an adverb (e.g. something like). Meaning "some liquor, food, etc." is from 1570s. Meaning "a thing worthy of consideration" is from 1580s; emphatic form something else is from 1909. Phrase something for nothing is from 1869. To make something of is from 1778.
Idioms and Phrases with something
In addition to the idioms beginning with something
- something else
- something else again
- something in the wind
- something like
- something of a
- something or other
- something tells me
- something thing, a
- buy something
- get (have) something on someone
- get something straight
- have something against
- hold something against
- hold (something) over
- look like something the cat dragged in
- make something of
- not put something past one
- on the ball, have something
- (something) or other
- pull something on
- start something
- take something
- you know something