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

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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

But there was one round where Cash and Alhabash had to pay somebody $1,000. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Economists calculate the true value of Facebook to its users in new study," 27 Dec. 2018 There’s got to be a better way besides picking up a gun and killing somebody. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "After 26 years working with at-risk teens, can a Philly couple forgive the one who killed their son?," 13 July 2018 Now, somebody's actually going to try it, at least as a small-scale test. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Harvard Scientists Are Really Launching a Sun-Blocking Geoengineering Experiment," 5 Dec. 2018 Hurts came in with the swagger of somebody who was the best offensive player in the conference. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Unlikely Hero Who Saved Alabama’s Season," 1 Dec. 2018 What does the feed look like to somebody who has a much unhealthier news diet? Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Will Google’s homepage news feed repeat Facebook’s mistakes?," 29 Oct. 2018 Erin Moriarty: What drew Will to somebody like Victoria? William Carter Sr. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Was alleged rape and shooting death investigation influenced by reality TV cameras?," 30 June 2018 But [Whitaker] is just somebody who’s very respected. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s latest interview shows a president who’s in way over his head," 15 Nov. 2018 But seriously, Tisse is somebody who cares about you and cares about everybody. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Fantastic Foursome Q&A: UW’s seniors reflect on their journey, quiz each other and talk about legacies," 6 Nov. 2018

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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, -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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