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pronoun some·thing \ˈsəm(p)-thiŋ, especially in rapid speech or for 2 ˈsəm-pəm\

Simple Definition of something

  • : a thing that is not known, named, or specified

  • : a person or thing that is important or worth noticing

  • : an amount that is more than a specified number

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of something

  1. 1a :  some indeterminate or unspecified thingb :  some indeterminate amount more than a specified number —used in combination <twenty-something years old> <a group of fifty-somethings>

  2. 2 :  a person or thing of consequence

  3. 3 :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different <is something of a bore>

something else

  1. :  something or someone special or extraordinary

Examples of something in a sentence

  1. Something came in the mail for you.

  2. I thought I heard something outside.

  3. He said something that really bothered me.

  4. I started to say something but she interrupted me.

  5. I have something to tell you.

  6. There's something wrong with my car.

  7. Something is going on at the school, but I don't know what.

  8. The job doesn't pay very well and the hours are long. I think you should look for something better.

  9. They won't give us an extra week to finish, but they'll give us a couple of days. Well, that's something anyway.

  10. She thinks she's really something ever since her promotion.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of something

before 12th century



adverb some·thing

Simple Definition of something

  • : in a very small amount or degree : somewhat or slightly

  • —used before an adjective that is being used like an adverb to add emphasis

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of something

  1. 1 :  in some degree :  somewhat

  2. 2 —used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective <swears something awful>

Examples of something in a sentence

  1. The total repairs cost something over $300.

  2. The movie was something like what I expected.

13th Century

First Known Use of something

13th century

SOMETHING Defined for Kids


pronoun some·thing \ˈsəm-thiŋ\

Definition of something for Students

  1. 1 :  a thing that is not known or named <We'll have to do something about it.>

  2. 2 :  a thing or amount that is clearly known but not named <I have something for you.>

  3. 3 :  somewhat <She is something of an expert.>

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