[ 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.

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

Examples from the Web for somethings

British Dictionary definitions for somethings

/ (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

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

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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