1 of 2


some·​what ˈsəm-ˌ How to pronounce somewhat (audio)


2 of 2


: in some degree or measure : slightly

Examples of somewhat in a Sentence

Adverb He felt somewhat awkward in his suit. Our work has progressed somewhat. The course is somewhat more difficult than I was told it would be.
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of somewhat was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Somewhat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 pronoun
some·​what ˈsəm-ˌ(h)wät How to pronounce somewhat (audio)
: some unspecified part or amount : something
somewhat of what you say is true


2 of 2 adverb
: in some measure : slightly
somewhat comfortable

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