[suhm-hwair, -wair]


in or at some place not specified, determined, or known: They live somewhere in Michigan.
to some place not specified or known: They went out somewhere.
at or to some point in amount, degree, etc. (usually followed by about, near, etc.): He is somewhere about 60 years old.
at some point of time (usually followed by about, between, in, etc.): somewhere about 1930; somewhere between 1930 and 1940; somewhere in the 1930s.


an unspecified or uncertain place.

Origin of somewhere

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at some, where

Usage note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for somewhere

elsewhere, around, someplace, somewheres, about, scattered

Examples from the Web for somewhere

Contemporary Examples of somewhere

Historical Examples of somewhere

  • It was for ever fighting someone, somewhere, for causes which did not interest the subjects at all.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • Somewhere there is a ship that needs it, or if not, the light does its duty.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Somewhere between 1267 and 1280 the Castle had been destroyed and rebuilt.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • The boy was philandering, junketing, somewhere on the Riviera.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Somewhere in him were the seeds of self-sacrifice, the seeds of a generous devotion to others.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

British Dictionary definitions for somewhere



in, to, or at some unknown or unspecified place or pointsomewhere in England; somewhere between 3 and 4 o'clock
get somewhere informal to make progress
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 somewhere

c.1200, from some + where.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with somewhere


In addition to the idiom beginning with somewhere

  • somewhere along the line

also see:

  • get somewhere
  • (somewhere) or other
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