[ suhm-thing ]
/ ˈsʌmˌθɪŋ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. somerset island,
  2. somersetshire,
  3. somersworth,
  4. somerville,
  5. somesthesia,
  6. something else,
  7. something else again,
  8. something in the wind,
  9. something is rotten in the state of denmark,
  10. something like

Origin of something

before 1000; Middle English, Old English sum thing. See some, thing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for something


/ (ˈsʌmθɪŋ) /



to some degree; a little; somewhatto look something like me
(foll by an adjective) informal (intensifier)it hurts something awful
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.

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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