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[suhm-er] /ˈsʌm ər/
noun, Obsolete
summer2 (def 1).


[suhm; unstressed suh m] /sʌm; unstressed səm/
being an undetermined or unspecified one:
Some person may object.
(used with plural nouns) certain:
Some days I stay home.
of a certain unspecified number, amount, degree, etc.:
to some extent.
unspecified but considerable in number, amount, degree, etc.:
We talked for some time. He was here some weeks.
Informal. of impressive or remarkable quality, consequence, extent, etc.:
That was some storm.
certain persons, individuals, instances, etc., not specified:
Some think he is dead.
an unspecified number, amount, etc., as distinguished from the rest or in addition:
He paid a thousand dollars and then some.
(used with numerals and with words expressing degree, extent, etc.) approximately; about:
Some 300 were present.
Informal. to some degree or extent; somewhat:
I like baseball some. She is feeling some better today.
Informal. to a great degree or extent; considerably:
That's going some.
before 900; Middle English (adj. and pronoun); Old English sum orig., someone; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle High German sum, Old Norse sumr, Gothic sums
Can be confused
some, sum (see usage note at the current entry)
Usage note
As pronouns, both some and any may be used in affirmative or negative questions: Will you (won't you) have some? Do you (don't you) have any? But some is used in affirmative statements and answers: You may have some. Yes, I'd like some. And in negative statements and answers, any is the usual choice: I don't care for any. No, I can't take any. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for somer


/sʌm; unstressed səm/
  1. (a) certain unknown or unspecified some lunatic drove into my car, some people never learn
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural) some can teach and others can't
  1. an unknown or unspecified quantity or amount of there's some rice on the table, he owns some horses
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural) we'll buy some
  1. a considerable number or amount of he lived some years afterwards
  2. a little show him some respect
(usually stressed) (informal) an impressive or remarkable that was some game!
a certain amount (more) (in the phrases some more and (informal) and then some)
about; approximately he owes me some thirty pounds
(US, not standard) to a certain degree or extent I guess I like him some
Word Origin
Old English sum; related to Old Norse sumr, Gothic sums, Old High German sum some, Sanskrit samá any, Greek hamē somehow
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Word Origin and History for somer
O.E. sum "some," from P.Gmc. *sumas (cf. O.S., O.Fris., O.H.G. sum, O.N. sumr, Goth. sums), from PIE base *sem- "one, as one" (cf. Skt. samah "even, level, similar, identical;" Gk. 'hamo-; see same).
"The word has had greater currency in English than in the other Teutonic languages, in some of which it is now restricted to dialect use, or represented only by derivatives or compounds, as WFris. sommige, somlike, Du. sommige (also somtiids, sommijlen 'sometimes'), LG sömige (G. dial. summige)." [OED]
Meaning "remarkable" is attested from 1808, Amer.Eng. colloquial. A possessive form is attested from 1565, but always was rare. Many combination forms (somewhat, sometime, somewhere) were in M.E. but often written as two words till 17-19c.; somehow is from 1664 (first attested in phrase somehow or other); something once was very common as an adv. (cf. something like). Somebody in the sense of "important person" dates from 1566. Somewhen is rare and since 19c. used almost exclusively in combination with more common compounds. Get some "have sexual intercourse" is attested 1899 in a quote attributed to Abe Lincoln from c.1840.
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Slang definitions & phrases for somer



Very good; very effective; real • Often used ironically: In three weeks England will have her neck wrung like a chicken. Some neck! Some chicken! (1808+)

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