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[noh-bod-ee, -buhd-ee, -buh-dee] /ˈnoʊˌbɒd i, -ˌbʌd i, -bə di/
no person; not anyone; no one:
Nobody answered, so I hung up.
noun, plural nobodies.
a person of no importance, influence, or power.
Origin of nobody
1300-50; Middle English; see no2, body
Can be confused
nobody, no one, none (see usage note at none) Unabridged
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  • nobody was sure of him, and this cause augmented the difficulties of his position.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II. Charles James Lever
  • Ay; you may take him for good and all, if you will, for you have made him fit for nobody else.

  • Let's both of us have dirty faces all the time so nobody won't want us.

    Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman Emma Speed Sampson
  • nobody took any notice of her except when they ordered her about.

    Sara Crewe Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • They are borne by everybody and nobody, and are developed by everybody and nobody.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for nobody


no person; no-one
noun (pl) -bodies
an insignificant person
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Word Origin and History for nobody

mid-14c., no body "no person noone," from Middle English no (adj.) "not any" + bodi (see body (n.)). Written as two words 14c.-18c.; hyphenated 17c.-18c. Incorrect use with their is attested from 1540s. Meaning "person of no importance" is from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with nobody


In addition to the idioms beginning with nobody nobody home also see: like crazy (nobody's business)
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