somebody

pronoun
some·​body | \ ˈsəm-(ˌ)bə-dē How to pronounce somebody (audio) , -ˌbä-\

Definition of somebody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one or some person of unspecified or indefinite identity somebody will come in

somebody

noun

Definition of somebody (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person of position or importance

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Examples of somebody in a Sentence

Pronoun

Somebody left you a message. The singer waved to somebody in the crowd. We need somebody who can work nights and weekends. Is that somebody you know? Somebody has to do it. After I turned down the job, she offered it to somebody else.

Noun

a small-town girl who hopes to become a somebody someday
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Once somebody has success with some odd twist or look, everyone else follows. Ray Magliozzi, courant.com, "Car Talk: These ‘dented’ doors do no good," 11 Aug. 2019 The reason somebody has anxiety doesn’t have to do with one neurotransmitter. Maura Judkis, Twin Cities, "A dozen stress-relief snacks, tinctures and teas later, and she’s still anxious," 3 Aug. 2019 If somebody has this virus and uses a restroom and touches the surface, that virus can remain on that surface and be infectious for up to three months. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "After declaring hepatitis A emergency, state surgeon general stresses hand washing," 2 Aug. 2019 According to the latest two investigations, dozens of Illinois parents exploited a loophole in the law that allows them to transfer guardianship of their teenagers to somebody else in order to detach the kids from their families’ finances. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "A new scandal shows some US parents taking extreme measures to avoid college costs," 30 July 2019 Any awareness that this was somebody on the radar already or no? NBC News, "Meet the Press - August 4, 2019," 4 Aug. 2019 In the bakery, somebody’s mama is making warm, all-butter flour tortillas (recruited from H-E-B). Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "What My Dream Grocery Store Looks Like," 3 Aug. 2019 Barbara—Bo—was somebody that always fought Charlie. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "The Manson Girl Who Got Away," 29 July 2019 But this was a moment of them being able to say, hey look, there's somebody who is going to advocate for us. National Geographic, "Episode 7: The Glass Stratosphere," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of somebody

Pronoun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1566, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of somebody was in the 14th century

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somebody

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of somebody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who is not known, named, or specified

somebody

noun

English Language Learners Definition of somebody (Entry 2 of 2)

: an important person

somebody

pronoun
some·​body | \ ˈsəm-ˌbä-dē How to pronounce somebody (audio) , -bə-dē\

Kids Definition of somebody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who is not known, named, or specified Somebody was looking for you.

somebody

noun
plural somebodies

Kids Definition of somebody (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person of importance He wanted to be a somebody.

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