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[suhm-thing] /ˈsʌmˌθɪŋ/
pronoun
1.
some thing; a certain undetermined or unspecified thing:
Something is wrong there. Something's happening.
2.
an additional amount, as of cents or minutes, that is unknown, unspecified, or forgotten:
He charged me ten something for the hat. Our train gets in at two something.
noun
3.
Informal. a person or thing of some value or consequence:
He is really something! This writer has something to say and she says it well.
adverb
4.
in some degree; to some extent; somewhat.
5.
Informal. to a high or extreme degree; quite:
He took on something fierce about my tardiness.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English sum thing. See some, thing1
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Examples from the web for something
  • Many times, when something sounds too good to be true, it's because it is.
  • It's easier to get something done when the audience waiting for it.
  • No one wants to get egg on his face by having missed something obvious.
  • The universe is racing toward something beyond it, a new study suggests.
  • Then researchers spot something abnormal in your head.
  • In order to do that, they have to be able to live off the land and do something worthwhile.
  • something is always at its best in these demonstration gardens.
  • When the rich do something to deserve their riches, nobody complains.
  • Protesters around the world demand that something must be done.
  • They all have one thing in common: they have experienced something extraordinary.
British Dictionary definitions for something

something

/ˈsʌmθɪŋ/
pronoun
1.
an unspecified or unknown thing; some thing: he knows something you don't, take something warm with you
2.
an unspecified or unknown amount; bit: something less than a hundred
3.
an impressive or important person, thing, or event: isn't that something?
4.
something else, a remarkable person or thing
5.
something or other, one unspecified thing or an alternative thing
adverb
6.
to some degree; a little; somewhat: to look something like me
7.
(foll by an adjective) (informal) (intensifier): it hurts something awful
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Word Origin and History for something
pron.

Old English sum þinge; see some + thing. Hyphenated from c.1300; one word from 17c. Formerly common as an adverb (e.g. something like). Meaning "some liquor, food, etc." is from 1570s. Meaning "a thing worthy of consideration" is from 1580s; emphatic form something else is from 1909. Phrase something for nothing is from 1869. To make something of is from 1778.

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Slang definitions & phrases for something

something

noun

A remarkable person or thing: Did you see his shirt? It's something! (1582+)

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make something out of


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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