nobody

Definitions

  • Nobody must indulge in sports
    Nobody must indulge in sports
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nobody a person of no influence
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Nobody must carry a cross-bow Nobody must carry a cross-bow
Nobody must hunt wild beasts Nobody must hunt wild beasts
It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An African American chef in Albany, NY is thought to have been the inventor of potato chips sometime in 1865. Unfortunately, nobody knows his name.
    • Nobody A person of no influence or importance; an insignificant or contemptible person.
    • Nobody No person; no one; not anybody.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Everyone knows that the U.S. gold depository is in Fort Knox, Kentucky. But nobody seems to know that the U.S. silver depository is at West Point, New York.
    • n nobody No person; no one.
    • n nobody Hence An unimportant or insignificant person; one who is not in fashionable society.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nobody knows where the body of Voltaire is. It was stolen in the nineteenth century and has never been recovered. The theft was discovered in 1864, when the tomb was opened and found empty.
    • n Nobody nō′bod-i no body or person: no one: a person of no account, one not in fashionable society.
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you do not believe in yourself... chances are nobody else will.”
  • Alfred E. Smith
    Alfred E. Smith
    “Nobody shoots at Santa Claus.”
  • Carl Sandburg
    Carl%20Sandburg
    “Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “He who praises everybody, praises nobody.”
  • Ralph Cordiner
    Ralph Cordiner
    “Nobody can do it for you.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
No, a. + body,

Usage

In literature:

Nobody ever does dine here.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Nobody believed in God any more, nobody read the Bible, and that's why they didn't know these things.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch
Nobody knowed 'em, not even their names, an' nobody knowed whar they come from.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
To all of which, that I might commit nobody, I invented appropriate answers.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
How can we learn anything if nobody corrects our mistakes?
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
After all, I really know nobody in Santa Brigida; that is, nobody I like.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
Tuesday afternoon came, still nobody had been in answer to the advertisement.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
The charm of Hampstead was that nobody whom he knew lived there.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
But nobody'd touch to harm them children.
"Dorothy on a Ranch" by Evelyn Raymond
Great discussion had arisen over where she could have gone, for nobody had seen her ride off toward the View that afternoon.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
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In poetry:

The thistle has still many more,
As visible too in our eyes,
But who will take pains with a weed,
That nobody ever can prize?
"To A Young Gentleman" by Matilda Betham
And the sooty faces, they try to recall....
As they gather around in their spell-struck rings....
But nobody knows that singer at all
Or the curious old-time air he sings:--
"The Chimney-Sweeps Of Cheltenham" by Alfred Noyes
And when you get to Dampoor, if you ever do get there
You will find it where they lost it years ago
For nobody knows where it is, or what it is, or why
And nobody will ever want to know.
"The Dampoor Express" by Billy Bennett
And one fine morning in a sunny lane
Some boy and girl will meet and kiss and swear
That nobody can love their way again
While over there
You will have smiled, I shall have tossed your hair.
"A Quoi Bon Dire" by Charlotte Mary Mew
This pious precept, while it stood
In his remembrance, kept him good
When nobody was by him;
For though no human eye was near,
Yet Richard still did wisely fear
The little bird should spy him.
"The Boy And The Skylark" by Charles Lamb
"Down there in the dark, and nobody seein' them,
Nobody ever to know how the end come,
How or when, or slow or sudden, or anything at all about it,
Only that the days go by, an' they don't come 'ome . . ."
"Submarines" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

If only because nobody called him Magic.
Nobody, but nobody, tries to "buy a game" the way golfers do.
Nobody knows what to make of the things Dwight Howard says.
Everyone knows, in an age when government agencies are ridiculously spending taxpayer money to raid things like head shop s, nobody sells bongs.
Imagine yourself in a country where nobody speaks your language.
Nobody strikes up the band quite like Jose Chaidez.
Joe Arpaio's "Birther" Friends Quiz Arizona Politicos on Obama Eligibility, Nobody Cares.
In a cruel twist of fate, Russell Francis died on Saturday, before news broke that Tebow was headed to New York in a swap that almost nobody saw coming.
Nobody had done that before.
A couple of weeks into researching this month's article on hiring CRM-savvy salespeople, contributing writer Jason Compton called to warn me of a minor problem: Nobody seemed to care.
NOBODY likes home economics .
Josh Homme 'Nobody To Love'.
Listen to Dave Sardy and Josh Homme 's 'End of Watch' Song, 'Nobody to Love.
Nobody wants to leave 'Peg.
Nobody stands as tall as rural sheriffs in Texas.
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In science:

There is nobody in the world who knows everything about cryptography.
Learning by Test-infecting Symmetric Ciphers
One only remembers the correct statements from Scientists and Mathematicians, nobody remembers the wrong ones.
Comment on a Paper by Yucai Su On Jacobian Conjecture (Dec 30, 2005
So nobody expected anything exciting to happen for three or more particles.
On the Paradoxical Book of Bell
It is clear that to find a representation of the formal ∗−algebra A with (4.1) as ∗−relations is hopeless and to date nobody was successful.
Loop Quantum Gravity: An Inside View
Nobody measures alpha, but measures π − (β + γ ).
Round Table Discussion at the Final Session of FPCP 2008: The Future of Flavor Physics and CP
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