any thing

anything

[en-ee-thing]
pronoun
1.
any thing whatever; something, no matter what: Do you have anything for a toothache?
noun
2.
a thing of any kind.
adverb
3.
in any degree; to any extent; in any way; at all: Does it taste anything like chocolate?
Idioms
4.
anything but, in no degree or respect; not in the least: The plans were anything but definite.
5.
anything goes, any type of conduct, dress, speech, etc., is considered acceptable or valid or is likely to be encountered and tolerated: That resort is a place where anything goes!

Origin:
before 900; Middle English ani thing, eni thing, Old English ǣnig thing. See any, thing1

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anything (ˈɛnɪˌθɪŋ)
 
pron
1.  any object, event, action, etc, whatever: anything might happen
 
n
2.  a thing of any kind: have you anything to declare?
 
adv
3.  in any way: he wasn't anything like his father
4.  anything but by no means; not in the least: she was anything but happy
5.  like anything (intensifier; usually euphemistic): he ran like anything

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anything
late O.E., from any + thing. But O.E. ænig þinga apparently meant "somehow, anyhow" (glossing L. quoquo modo). Anythingarian (c.1704, originally dismissive) was a word for "one indifferent to religious creeds" (on model of trinitarian, unitarian, etc.).
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