nobody

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

Definition of nobody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: no person : not anybody

nobody

noun
plural nobodies

Definition of nobody (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person of no influence or consequence

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Except for the usual naysayers, spoilsports and gloomy Gusses, nobody seems to mind much one way or the other if the annual deficit is $1 trillion, $2 trillion or $10 trillion. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "We’ll Be $1 Trillion in the Red in 2020. No Big Deal!," 13 Feb. 2020 Some of them lose their families and friends, because nobody believes them. Michael Hardy, Wired, "For These People, Electronic Devices Are the Enemy," 4 Feb. 2020 Clean power blossoms in Hawaii Power plants that utility people refer to as peakers have been around for many years, but nobody seems to know exactly how many of them are in use at any given time. John Fialka, Scientific American, "Hawaii Is a Test Bed to See if Renewables Can Meet Peak Energy Demands," 29 Jan. 2020 With social anxiety comes the feeling that nobody likes you or wants you around. Love Letters.com, "I’ve never had a date," 16 Jan. 2020 These are accomplishments that nobody thought were possible. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "President Trump's address to the nation on Iran: Here's what he said," 8 Jan. 2020 These are accomplishments that nobody thought were possible. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "'Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.' Read Donald Trump's remarks on Iran," 8 Jan. 2020 But nobody seems to realize that there have always been torturers in children’s jails, in prisons, tormenting children and men. Jean Genet, Harper's magazine, "Minor Threats," 6 Jan. 2020 The fuel, described by fire officials as a vapor, caused minor skin and lung irritation to 56 children and adults but nobody was taken to the hospital and the only decontamination required was soap and water, officials said. Stefanie Dazio, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal authorities to investigate dumping of fuel on California schoolchildren by Delta jet," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of nobody

Pronoun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1583, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nobody was in the 14th century

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“Nobody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nobody?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=n&file=nobody01. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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nobody

pronoun
How to pronounce nobody (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of nobody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: no person

nobody

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nobody (Entry 2 of 2)

: someone who is not important or has no influence

nobody

pronoun
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.

nobody

noun
plural nobodies

Kids Definition of nobody (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person of no importance

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