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[suhm-hwairz, -wairz] /ˈsʌmˌʰwɛərz, -ˌwɛərz/
adverb, Nonstandard.
Origin of somewheres
1805-15; somewhere + -s1


[suhm-hwair, -wair] /ˈsʌmˌʰwɛər, -ˌwɛər/
in or at some place not specified, determined, or known:
They live somewhere in Michigan.
to some place not specified or known:
They went out somewhere.
at or to some point in amount, degree, etc. (usually followed by about, near, etc.):
He is somewhere about 60 years old.
at some point of time (usually followed by about, between, in, etc.):
somewhere about 1930; somewhere between 1930 and 1940; somewhere in the 1930s.
an unspecified or uncertain place.
1150-1200; Middle English; see some, where
Usage note
See anyplace. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for somewheres
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  • "I'd take my oath he has hid them somewheres," replied Jack Beard, an ill-looking lad.

    Under the Storm Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Because we have got to get somewheres, you know; we don't stand still.

    From the Car Behind Eleanor M. Ingram
  • Who knows but he may be surveying of us from—from somewheres or another, and contemplating us with a watchful eye!

    The Old Curiosity Shop Charles Dickens
  • "That must be somewheres over on the Blackfoot side," he announced.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • He ner the men hadn't had a bite o' supper yet; they'd just got back from somewheres.

    A Voice in the Wilderness Grace Livingston Hill
  • It was the tag end o' June—an' in June cemeteries seems like somewheres else.

    Friendship Village Zona Gale
  • You said he'd run off to go gold-diggin' in the Klondike or somewheres.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I use' to look at the picture an' look at it, an' when I did, it seemed almost like I was off somewheres else.

    Friendship Village Zona Gale
  • "I'll get yer a bit of mahogany from somewheres," he said very gently.

    Harding's luck E. [Edith] Nesbit
  • There was only three men in the cabin; the rest was off somewheres.

    A Voice in the Wilderness Grace Livingston Hill
British Dictionary definitions for somewheres


in, to, or at some unknown or unspecified place or point: somewhere in England, somewhere between 3 and 4 o'clock
(informal) get somewhere, to make progress
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Word Origin and History for somewheres



c.1200, from some + where.

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


In addition to the idiom beginning with
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