[suhm-hwuht, -hwot, -hwuht, -wuht, -wot, -wuht]
in some measure or degree; to some extent: not angry, just somewhat disturbed.
some part, portion, amount, etc.

1150–1200; Middle English; see some, what Unabridged
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somewhat (ˈsʌmˌwɒt)
(not used with a negative) rather; a bit: she found it somewhat less easy than he

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, "a certain amount, to a certain degree," from some + what. Replaced O.E. sumdæl, sume dæle "somewhat, some portion," lit. "some deal."
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Example sentences
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.
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