somebody

pronoun
some·​body | \ˈsəm-(ˌ)bə-dē, -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

Keep scrolling for more

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An investigation later revealed somebody unknown had deleted more than 200 emails from the co-worker’s account and then forwarded them to a Gmail account. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney's Reedy Creek loses $94,000 in phishing scheme," 25 June 2018 There’s always somebody saying something about every picture. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "Benetton ‘Migrants’ Ads Draw Outrage for Using Photos of Real Migrants," 21 June 2018 The baseball season is so long and such a grind, to have somebody who is always so upbeat is nice. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Carlos Asuaje's positive effect; injury updates," 6 July 2018 When asked about book recommendations for somebody who wants to understand the Supreme Court better, Lithwick only offers one suggestion: One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson (who appeared on the podcast a few months ago). Emily Heller, Vox, "Dahlia Lithwick has been covering the Supreme Court for 20 years. Here’s the one book she says you need to read.," 2 July 2018 But even with entry papers, somebody in France had to put them up. Lucian Perkins, Smithsonian, "This French Town Has Welcomed Refugees for 400 Years," 27 June 2018 Bruce Springsteen is a perfect example of somebody who does it well. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Caroline Rose goes it alone as singer-songwriter rolls into Houston," 21 June 2018 Every couple of months, somebody’s driving up to the light and revving the engine. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Get the South out of your mouth at Hoppin’ John," 5 July 2018 The last time somebody tried to adapt the game franchise Halo into a TV show, the result was the mediocre digital series Halo: Nightfall. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Showtime is making a Halo TV series," 28 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'somebody.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of somebody

Pronoun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1566, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about somebody

Statistics for somebody

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for somebody

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for somebody

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, -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.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on somebody

What made you want to look up somebody? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

playful or foolish behavior

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!