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

This is a slippery slope, especially for somebody working in the public sector. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: What radical politician made this proclamation?," 7 July 2019 Especially with somebody with less than perfect bike-handling skills like Thomas. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Lance Armstrong's Analysis of the 2019 Tour de France," 5 July 2019 That somebody is Congress and the time is now — before governments lapse into even deeper paralysis during the 2020 election campaigns. STAT, "Stop persecuting doctors for legitimately prescribing opioids for chronic pain," 28 June 2019 Did somebody spill coffee on a really, really important laptop? Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Venmo is sharing your payments with everyone—except Mint," 27 June 2019 There are a lot of people out there that have scars, and loads of younger people have never seen an image of somebody who looks like them. Vogue, "Facebook Censors the “Behind the Scars” Photo Series, Spotlighting a Larger Body Acceptance Issue," 14 June 2019 But before a trail gets paved, somebody first has to remove the rails, which will require a large salvage operator to rip tons of metal rails and wood from the earth and haul it away. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Removing the Nickel Plate railroad tracks is a heavy lift. Like hauling away the Brooklyn Bridge.," 21 June 2019 The heart of this particular genre’s appeal is watching somebody do the impossible — fight an entire world of enemies singlehandedly, and win — but without the superheroic gifts that dominate the defining genre of our time. Ross Douthat, National Review, "Keanu Reeves’ Dance with Death in John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum," 20 June 2019 Every few days, somebody calls and asks to buy one of his properties. Alden Woods, azcentral, "Stories of Eastlake Park help a community regain past, look to future," 19 June 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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