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[suhm-hwuht, -hwot, -hwuh t, -wuht, -wot, -wuh t]
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  1. in some measure or degree; to some extent: not angry, just somewhat disturbed.
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  1. some part, portion, amount, etc.
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Origin of somewhat

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at some, what
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Related Words for somewhat

considerably, fairly, rather, moderately, quite, far, pretty, slightly, partially, significantly, adequately, incompletely, some, something, well, tolerably

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Historical Examples of somewhat

  • Decent, unpretentious folks, somewhat new, but with loads of money.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He was by no means what is termed a sportsman, yet he was somewhat fond of shooting.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • It is somewhat in the vein of "Sourdough" Service, the Yukon bard.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • Sallie Calkins was somewhat flurried by this unexpected call.

  • The horrible stiffness was somewhat broken, and all were seated.

British Dictionary definitions for somewhat


  1. (not used with a negative) rather; a bitshe found it somewhat less easy than he
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Word Origin and History for somewhat


c.1200, "in a certain amount, to a certain degree," from some + what. Replaced Old English sumdæl, sume dæle "somewhat, some portion," literally "some deal."

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