no·​body | \ ˈnō-(ˌ)bə-dē How to pronounce nobody (audio) , -ˌbä- \

Definition of nobody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: no person : not anybody


plural nobodies

Definition of nobody (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person of no influence or consequence

Examples of nobody in a Sentence

Pronoun Nobody could answer my question. I guess I'll have to volunteer because it's clear nobody else will. Noun He was a nobody in high school. tired of feeling like a nobody, she decided to launch her own business
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While interest rates are notoriously difficult to predict, nobody is forecasting negative rates on mainstream consumer loans. Russ Wiles, azcentral, 31 May 2020 As far as Instagram travel buddies go nobody is closer (or cuter) than Herbee and Audree. The duo traverses the globe together, spending time in castles in Germany and sitting by the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 29 May 2020 Associated Press New Zealand’s prime minister turned away from restaurant In New Zealand, nobody is exempt from the strict measures the country has taken to reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus., 17 May 2020 They were all sent on their way and advised that there was no occupancy permit on file and nobody should be in the building. cleveland, 15 May 2020 Listen, nobody is going to feel sorry for Curt Funk, the new coach at Fishers, or Michael Kelly, the new coach at Hamilton Southeastern. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 15 May 2020 Removing the physical office space means nobody gets any sense of how fancy or well-appointed (or not) anybody else’s surroundings are. Grace Chen, Quartz at Work, 7 May 2020 If nobody—or everybody—figures out the storyteller's card, the storyteller gets nothing and all other players score 2 points. Aaron Zimmerman, Dan Thurot, Ars Technica, 26 Apr. 2020 But nobody at Maserati is going to tell you this is supposed to be a hooligan machine. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, 21 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of nobody


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1583, in the meaning defined above

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“Nobody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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no·​body | \ ˈnō-ˌbä-dē How to pronounce nobody (audio) , -bə-dē \

Kids Definition of nobody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: no person : not anybody Nobody lives in that house.


plural nobodies

Kids Definition of nobody (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person of no importance

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