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[suhm-hou] /ˈsʌmˌhaʊ/
in some way not specified, apparent, or known.
somehow or other, in an undetermined way; by any means possible:
She was determined to finish college somehow or other.
Origin of somehow
1655-65; some + how1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for somehow
  • The actual tomatoes somehow still look absolutely marvelous.
  • But if you've ever taken a winery tour, you know that afterward the wine somehow tastes better.
  • But taking these pictures feels somehow wrong, reminiscent of trophy photos.
  • We were up in a big car looking down on him, but somehow he was in charge.
  • Coyotes somehow snagged the rib meat put out as bait without getting caught.
  • All your story is managing to do is make people think that adopting a lot of diseased cats is somehow going to fix the problem.
  • Or somehow you missed this episode-and its by now countless reruns.
  • somehow he survived the driving of a steel rod through his head.
  • But in the meantime, it's somehow satisfying to know that woolly mammoths were so closely related to a living, trumpeting species.
  • somehow, even at that time, it became my secret treasure.
British Dictionary definitions for somehow


in some unspecified way
Also somehow or other. by any means that are necessary
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Word Origin and History for somehow

1660s, "in some way not yet known," from some + how. First attested in phrase somehow or other.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with somehow


see under or other
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