|1.||any object, event, action, etc, whatever: anything might happen|
|2.||a thing of any kind: have you anything to declare?|
|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|
By no means, not at all, as in He is anything but ambitious for a promotion. William Wordsworth in his long poem, The Prelude (1805-1806), wrote: "Grief call it not, 'twas anything but that."