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

That’s why almost all masons start out working for somebody. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 If anything, given the marginal value of the 10 billionth dollar to somebody, the lower subsidy rate should seem to attach to the wealthier person rather than the reverse. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The case against billionaire philanthropy," 17 Dec. 2018 The school tried to turn them off as quickly as possible, but that's enough for somebody to freak out and get really triggered. Marie Claire, "A Year of Grieving and Healing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School," 14 Feb. 2019 It will get bounced over to another driver until somebody is willing to deliver it. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Here's Exactly What to Tip Your Food Delivery Driver," 12 Dec. 2018 But given the social pressure teens face, there are also messages offering specific suggestions on how to say no when somebody offers a JUUL. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "So, You Want to Quit Vaping...," 1 Feb. 2019 But Nouhou, a no-show on Tuesday due to visa issues, is still only 22 and somebody the Sounders feel can develop more of his raw skills playing alongside Smith. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders open 2019 training camp with stacked roster, lofty goals," 23 Jan. 2019 For instance, somebody who has been stable on the same dose of antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications for years may only need an annual check-in, Dr. Tully says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Exactly How Often You Really Need to See Different Kinds of Doctors," 17 Jan. 2019 Men don’t perceive listening as something that somebody actively does. Anna North, Vox, "Women made historic gains in 2018. But in so many ways, it was still the Year of the Man.," 27 Dec. 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 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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