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somebody

pronoun some·body \ ˈsəm-(ˌ)bə-dē , -ˌbä- \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of somebody

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

Examples of somebody in a Sentence

  1. Somebody left you a message.

  2. The singer waved to somebody in the crowd.

  3. We need somebody who can work nights and weekends.

  4. Is that somebody you know?

  5. Somebody has to do it.

  6. After I turned down the job, she offered it to somebody else.

First Known Use of somebody

14th century

in the meaning defined above

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somebody

noun

Definition of somebody

: a person of position or importance

Examples of somebody in a Sentence

  1. a small-town girl who hopes to become a somebody someday

Recent Examples of somebody from the Web

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First Known Use of somebody

circa 1566

in the meaning defined above

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SOMEBODY Defined for English Language Learners

somebody

Definition of somebody for English Language Learners

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


somebody

Definition of somebody for English Language Learners

  • : an important person


SOMEBODY Defined for Kids

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somebody

pronoun some·body \ ˈsəm-ˌbä-dē , -bə-dē \

Definition of somebody for Students

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

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somebody

noun

Definition of somebody for Students

plural somebodies
: a person of importance
  • He wanted to be a somebody.


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