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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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Examples from the web for anybody
  • People in the society probably give away more money to charity than anybody.
  • anybody can find a comforting bunch of people of their own nationality somewhere in the city.
  • So anybody can work on this cell-phone-computer, and can contact with other people.
  • anybody who comes up to this podium, they're going to mention more people's names than anybody else at any other event.
  • However, you can put your name on the wait list and take the space of anybody who decides to drop when it's time to pay up.
  • In fact, it is not known that anybody does so argue.
  • Nobody concerned willfully inflicted injuries on anybody else.
  • Because you don't have to count on anybody, and nobody has to count on you.
  • How long the stressed marshes can maintain that production is anybody's guess.
  • We hadn't found anybody who'd done it in three years.
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
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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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