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[suhm-bod-ee, -buhd-ee, -buh-dee] /ˈsʌmˌbɒd i, -ˌbʌd i, -bə di/
some person.
noun, plural somebodies.
a person of some note or importance.
Origin of somebody
1275-1325; Middle English; see some, body Unabridged
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Examples from the web for somebody
  • It was clear to the birds that if two went into the barn and one came out, somebody was still inside with the shotgun.
  • Your novel can get published, somebody perfect will answer the door.
  • We took it off the comb, and then discovered there somebody in the cell, bathed in royal jelly.
  • The temptation is overwhelming to bestow it on somebody.
  • Talk little and well and you will be looked upon as somebody.
  • On the other side were voices, and somebody laughing.
  • All nobility in its beginnings was somebody's natural superiority.
  • Evil in the broadest sense merely means disharmony, since any kind of disharmony is a source of pain to somebody.
  • Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody, before it was actually verified.
  • Then it happened: a moment of anger that propelled him to write the first prose book somebody actually wanted to publish.
British Dictionary definitions for somebody


some person; someone
noun (pl) -bodies
a person of greater importance than others: he seems to be somebody in this town
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Word Origin and History for somebody

c.1300, "indeterminate person," from some + body. Meaning "important person, person of consequence" is from 1560s. Somebody else is from 1640s; meaning "romantic rival" is from 1911.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for somebody

so long


A parting salutation

[1865+; origin unknown; perhaps fr German adieu so lange; perhaps fr Hebrew shalom and related Arabic salaam, both greetings meaning ''peace''; perhaps fr Irish slan, ''health,'' used as a toast and a salutation]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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