See also: some-body and some body

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some +‎ body

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsʌmbədɪ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsʌmbʌdi/, /ˈsʌmbədi/, /ˈsʌmbɑdi/
  • (file)

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  1. Some unspecified person.
    Somebody has to clean this mess up.

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Logically related to everybody and nobody. Becomes nobody via negation.

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Noun edit

somebody (plural somebodys or somebodies)

  1. Any person.
    • 1974, United States. Congress. House. Committee on Agriculture, Agriculture and the Fuel Crisis: Hearings..., page 88:
      So there, I know, was somebody or a combination of somebodys who did not know what the heck they were doing or dealing with.
  2. A recognised or important person, a celebrity.
    I'm tired of being a nobody – I want to be a somebody.