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

Contemporary Examples of somethings

Historical Examples of somethings

  • 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

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • 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

    Jules Verne

British Dictionary definitions for somethings



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
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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