- 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 somethings
Today's 20 somethings are growing up in a society that is much safer from crime.'Let's Talk About Guns' Live Chat Transcript
January 25, 2013
After that the somethings continued to happen as fast as I could invent them.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
You be somethings of a beard drinker yourself, if you had the beard.Robert Hardy's Seven Days
Charles Monroe Sheldon
Spud, he gifes me a big cake,—now I gif him somethings, yes!The Rover Boys in the Air
There are only two families in the world,—the have somethings and the have nothings.Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Well, by all the—somethings—of Sacramento, just send him to the bottom of the sea!Godfrey Morgan
- 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 somethings
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 somethings
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