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[suhm-hwuht, -hwot, -hwuh t, -wuht, -wot, -wuh t] /ˈsʌmˌʰwʌt, -ˌʰwɒt, -ʰwət, -ˌwʌt, -ˌwɒt, -wət/
in some measure or degree; to some extent:
not angry, just somewhat disturbed.
some part, portion, amount, etc.
Origin of somewhat
1150-1200; Middle English; see some, what Unabridged
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Examples from the web for somewhat
  • We know that it's significantly more important than money and somewhat more important than health.
  • Deciduous with narrow, elongated leaves that are hairless and somewhat sticky.
  • For many diners who enjoy beans, the side effects can be somewhat unpleasant--the legumes are notorious for causing flatulence.
  • It was somewhat sweet smelling when burned and it does get a little tacky when in contact with alcohol.
  • Narrow, somewhat hairy foliage, mostly in tufts n more add to my plant list.
  • The idea that asylum-seekers are an uncontrollable flood is beginning to look somewhat alarmist.
  • They look somewhat snakelike, though sea snakes are entirely different.
  • Glossy leaves vary somewhat in size and texture depending on variety.
  • You're looking at footage at a somewhat infamous scam lecture an actor gave to a group of psychiatrists, about game theory.
  • But his enthusiasm for the separation of powers has faded somewhat.
British Dictionary definitions for somewhat


(not used with a negative) rather; a bit: she found it somewhat less easy than he
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Word Origin and History for somewhat

c.1200, "in a certain amount, to a certain degree," from some + what. Replaced Old English sumdæl, sume dæle "somewhat, some portion," literally "some deal."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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