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



Definition of somebody (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person of position or importance

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Palestinians saw echoes of George Floyd’s fate in the shooting by police in Jerusalem on May 30th of Iyad Halak, a 32-year-old with severe autism, who was apparently mistaken for somebody else. The Economist, 8 June 2020 Our sole objective is to make sure the right decisions are taken and not that somebody is blamed or not blamed. John Lauerman,, 20 May 2020 But to me, they are cooked, soft, delicious beans that somebody else has already packed with flavour and done all the cooking for me. Olivia Harrison,, 30 Apr. 2020 Downstairs, Toby is on a work call; somebody from human resources is explaining that pay raises had been frozen. Washington Post, 8 May 2020 People die every day, so there has to be somebody doing that. Tyler Dragon,, 7 May 2020 Now, can somebody please take away all of Bachelor Nation’s TikTok accounts? Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 1 May 2020 When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total, and that's the way it's got to be. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 28 Apr. 2020 The calendar of events — everything from baseball to stage plays to graduation ceremonies — is looking like somebody’s rough draft, about to be cast into the trash bin. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of somebody


14th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1566, in the meaning defined above

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“Somebody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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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.


plural somebodies

Kids Definition of somebody (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person of importance He wanted to be a somebody.

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