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  1. some thing; a certain undetermined or unspecified thing: Something is wrong there. Something's happening.
  2. 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.
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  1. 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.
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  1. in some degree; to some extent; somewhat.
  2. Informal. to a high or extreme degree; quite: He took on something fierce about my tardiness.
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Origin of something

before 1000; Middle English, Old English sum thing. See some, thing1
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  • He decided, too, that he could think better with something mechanical to occupy his hands.

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  • "When we are in Athens, I will show you something more beautiful than these," said Pericles.


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  • And he had hoped so cheerfully all the time to do something.

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  • Did he tell you how to make a lovely asparagus short-cake or something?

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  • If you think it is I'll tell you something that isn't: Avice practically refused him.

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British Dictionary definitions for something


  1. an unspecified or unknown thing; some thinghe knows something you don't; take something warm with you
  2. an unspecified or unknown amount; bitsomething less than a hundred
  3. an impressive or important person, thing, or eventisn't that something?
  4. something else a remarkable person or thing
  5. something or other one unspecified thing or an alternative thing
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  1. to some degree; a little; somewhatto look something like me
  2. (foll by an adjective) informal (intensifier)it hurts something awful
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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

also see:

  • 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


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