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[en-ee-bod-ee, -buhd-ee] /ˈɛn iˌbɒd i, -ˌbʌd i/
any person.
noun, plural anybodies.
a person of some importance:
If you're anybody, you'll receive an invitation.
anybody's guess, a matter of conjecture:
It's anybody's guess why she quit.
Origin of anybody
1250-1300; Middle English ani bodi. See any, body
Can be confused
antibody, anybody (see usage note at the current entry)
Usage note
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Buck, more surely than anybody else, he could never forgive.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • In his sane moments he did not care a fig for anybody's birthday.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • anybody can see that we're playing all round you simply because we've got the best team.

  • Young Ried could have told you more of him during these days than anybody else.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • anybody ever tell you about the fight Bob had with Bandy Walker?

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for anybody


/ˈɛnɪˌbɒdɪ; -bədɪ/
any person; anyone
(usually used with a negative or a question) a person of any importance: he isn't anybody in this town
noun (pl) -bodies
(often preceded by just) any person at random; no matter who
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for anybody

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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