Alternative formsEdit

  • (British, dialectal) summat (and variants listed there)


some +‎ what



somewhat ‎(not comparable)

  1. To a limited extent or degree.
    The crowd was somewhat larger than expected, perhaps due to the good weather.
    The decision to shave or not is a somewhat personal one.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in The Celebrity:
      I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town. I was completely mystified at such an unusual proceeding.


See alsoEdit



  1. (archaic) Something.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.12:
      Proceeding to the midst he stil did stand, / As if in minde he somewhat had to say […].
    • Robert Trail
      But this text and theme I am upon, relates to somewhat far higher and greater, than all the beholdings of his glory that ever any saint on earth received.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
      Not seldom in this life, when, on the right side, fortune's favourites sail close by us, we, though all adroop before, catch somewhat of the rushing breeze, and joyfully feel our bagging sails fill out.



somewhat ‎(plural somewhats)

  1. More or less; a certain quantity or degree; a part, more or less; something.
    • Grew
      These salts have somewhat of a nitrous taste.
    • Dryden
      Somewhat of his good sense will suffer, in this transfusion, and much of the beauty of his thoughts will be lost.
  2. A person or thing of importance; a somebody.
    • Tennyson
      Here come those that worship me. / They think that I am somewhat.


Most common English words before 1923: remain · covered · born · #718: somewhat · figure · goes · youth
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