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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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Examples from the web for nobody
  • But nobody goes to a dance movie for an intricate plot or clever dialogue.
  • Scientists knew that turbines posed a threat to birds, but nobody had predicted they'd be such a problem for bats.
  • While nobody knows for sure what these figures signify, speculation centers on shamanistic or religious figures.
  • Except, that is, for bringing meaning to things nobody can even see.
  • nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
  • nobody can know what you are reading unless you choose to tell.
  • By candle-light nobody would have taken you for above five-and-twenty.
  • nobody who was not would suspect the presence of the rear houses, though they have been there long enough.
  • He was quite sure that nobody understood it much better.
  • He was so generally civil that nobody thanked him for it.
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.

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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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