[ suhm-hwuht, -hwot, -hwuh t, -wuht, -wot, -wuh t ]
/ ˈsʌmˌʰwʌt, -ˌʰwɒt, -ʰwət, -ˌwʌt, -ˌwɒt, -wət /


in some measure or degree; to some extent: not angry, just somewhat disturbed.


some part, portion, amount, etc.

Nearby words

  1. something tells me,
  2. something thing, a,
  3. sometime,
  4. sometimes,
  5. someway,
  6. somewhen,
  7. somewhere,
  8. somewhere along the line,
  9. somewheres,
  10. somewhile

Origin of somewhat

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at some, what Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for somewhat

British Dictionary definitions for somewhat


/ (ˈsʌmˌwɒt) /


(not used with a negative) rather; a bitshe found it somewhat less easy than he
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 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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper