any bodies

anybody

[en-ee-bod-ee, -buhd-ee]
pronoun
1.
any person.
noun, plural anybodies.
2.
a person of some importance: If you're anybody, you'll receive an invitation.
Idioms
3.
anybody's guess, a matter of conjecture: It's anybody's guess why she quit.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English ani bodi. See any, body

antibody, anybody (see usage note at the current entry).


The pronoun anybody is always written as one word: Is anybody home? There isn't anybody in the office. The two-word noun phrase any body means “any group” (Any body of students will include a few dissidents) or “any physical body”: The search continued for a week despite the failure to find any body. If the word a can be substituted for any without seriously affecting the meaning, the two-word noun phrase is called for: a body of students; failure to find a body. If the substitution cannot be made, the spelling is anybody. Anybody is less formal than anyone. See also anyone, each, they.
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anybody (ˈɛnɪˌbɒdɪ, -bədɪ)
 
pron
1.  any person; anyone
2.  (usually used with a negative or a question) a person of any importance: he isn't anybody in this town
 
n , -bodies
3.  (often preceded by just) any person at random; no matter who

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anybody
c.1300, two words, from any + body. One-word form is attested by 1826. Phrase anybody's game (or race, etc.) is from 1840.
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