[suhm-hwuht, -hwot, -hwuh t, -wuht, -wot, -wuh t]


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


some part, portion, amount, etc.

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

Contemporary Examples of somewhat

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



(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