somebody

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n somebody a human being "there was too much for one person to do"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: George Washington's teeth were actually: carved from animal tusks, some of them were also somebody else's teeth, and some of them were from animals like deer and cales.
    • Somebody A person of consideration or importance. "Before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody ."
    • Somebody A person unknown or uncertain; a person indeterminate; some person. "Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me.""We must draw in somebody that may stand
      'Twixt us and danger."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Somebody actually timed a rattlesnake mating session that lasted 22.75 hours.
    • n somebody Some one; a person unknown, unascertained, or unnamed.
    • n somebody Pl. somebodies (-iz). A person of consideration, consequence, or importance.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Somebody some or any body or person: a person of importance
    • ***

Quotations

  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    Johann%20Wolfgang%20Von%20Goethe
    “Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.”
  • Larry Niven
    Larry Niven
    “Everything starts as somebody's day dream.”
  • James Thurber
    James%20Thurber
    “Love is what you've been through with somebody.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph%20Waldo%20Emerson
    “Make yourself necessary to somebody.”
  • Ruth Gordon
    Ruth Gordon
    “To be somebody you must last.”
  • Malcolm S. Forbes
    Malcolm%20S.%20Forbes
    “Everybody has to be somebody to somebody to be anybody.”

Idioms

Put somebody's nose out of joint - If you put someone's nose out of joint, you irritate them or make them angry with you.
***
Take your hat off to somebody - If you take your hat off to someone, you acknowledge that they have done something exceptional or otherwise deserve your respect.
***

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sum; Goth. sums, Ice. sumr.

Usage

In literature:

Or somebody that, if they ain't down sick, feels sort o' spindlin'?
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
I don't know what is underneath it, and would sooner somebody else found out.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
From the next room came the swish of silken skirts and the sound of a high-bred voice asking for somebody.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
It was about time the supervisor got somebody with brains onto the job.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
Somebody's darling's ideals were quashed; Somebody's darling went unwashed.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
I wish there was somebody here that I could love, but there is not.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
I'd rather marry somebody and begin to study art.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
Strange that a body can't leave a gate open a single minute here in Marsden village, without somebody's stray cattle trespassin'.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
It's curious, but she reminds me of somebody I knew and the name's the same.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
He said somebody would drive me home, if I'd stay.
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
***

In poetry:

There's somebody's been til
Roun saft to ye wha
Said birdies are seen til,
And e'en whan they fa'!
"The Laverock" by George MacDonald
"Whether there be," the rich man says,
"It matters very little,
For I and mine, thank somebody,
Are not in want of victual."
"There Is No God, the Wicked Sayeth" by Arthur Hugh Clough
I'll git that new bar of Fels Napthy
And doll myself sweet an' clean,
And come out all purty an' happy—
Like somebody's sweet Volunteen.
"The Midwinter Bath" by Bruce Kiskaddon
Maurice:
No, Mark, I'm not so easily cross'd;
'Tis true that I've had a run
Of bad luck lately; indeed, I've lost;
Well! somebody else has won.
"The Old Leaven" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
"O not for the wealth of the world would I enter
A chamber wherein a dead body lay hid,
Lest somebody bolder than I am should venture
To go near the coffin and lift up the lid."
"Nurse Green" by Charles Lamb
It was years and years ago, but still I never can forget
How gray it looked that morning; the air was cold and wet;
Only the wind would howl sometimes, or else the trees would creak—
All night I'd 'a given anything to hear somebody speak.
"Sheltered" by Sarah Orne Jewett

In news:

There was no St Amour, somebody would have had to make him up.
You Think I've Got to Go Borrow Somebody's Computer'.
Somebody may have been taking that phrase "Saint Ronnie" a little too literally.
Every now and then somebody just steps up to care.
"About a year ago we had a similar incident where we did lose somebody through an accident, and they were located in the same area where I found that raft ," said Officer Salomon with Palm Springs Police.
I guess we should have known somebody was going to do this: JASON BIGGS and his wife recreated "Time" magazine's infamous breastfeeding cover.
'Somebody's got to do it'.
Why would you shoot and kill somebody's child.
Walk down the Homer Spit in the evening after businesses have closed, and above charter offices, cafes and shops, downstairs might be dark but upstairs the lights are on and somebody's home.
It's not hard to find somebody riding a horse, especially in a parade in Camp Verde.
Somebody drew the short straw.
If somebody offered him $5 billion, would he sell.
Let somebody else pay for it, but not me because I already pay too much taxes.
Somebody who is the head of the.
On film, 27 Dresses, The Proposal and the Spike Lee-produced You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Kills You.
***

In science:

Therefore there could emerge copyright problems as somebody could think that the present antenna is for sale by this company.
"D-Dimond1", Prototype Antenna RGA-05
We list them here hoping that somebody can give a geometric explanation of their existence.
Calabi-Yau differential equations of degree 2 and 3 and Yifan Yang's pullback
With probability 1 − q , the change is random. iii) With probability (1 − x)2 r (also (1 − x2 )r has been used instead) somebody discards the mother language and takes over the whole language (all F features) from another person in the population.
Birth, survival and death of languages by Monte Carlo simulation
It is then of secondary importance, if there is somebody in the society who knows more and who can assign smaller temperature to the relevant probability distribution.
Around the gap between sociophysics and sociology
Parallelization Support Parallelization support, already implemented by somebody else, can be provided through the compiler, the operating system or third-party libraries.
The Multi-Core Era - Trends and Challenges
***