somewhat

EnglishEdit

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

EtymologyEdit

some +‎ what

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AdverbEdit

somewhat (not comparable)

  1. (degree) 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.
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter II, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
      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.
  2. (UK, meiosis) Very.
    • 1942 September and October, “Notes and News: Lynton & Barnstaple Stock”, in Railway Magazine, page 309:
      Two of the coaches are still on the site of the line; one, a first class observation coach carrying the S.R. number 6991, is at Snapper Halt, where it still stands, in fair condition but somewhat weatherbeaten []

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PronounEdit

somewhat

  1. (archaic) Something.

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NounEdit

somewhat (countable and uncountable, plural somewhats)

  1. More or less; a certain quantity or degree; a part, more or less; something.
  2. A person or thing of importance; a somebody.
    • c. 1810-1820, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Notes on Troilus and Cressida
      Pity that the researchful notary has not either told us in what century, and of what history, he was a writer, or been simply content to depose, that Lollius, if a writer of that name existed at all, was a somewhat somewhere.
    • 1833 (date written), Alfred Tennyson, “St. Simeon Stylites”, in Poems. [], volume II, London: Edward Moxon, [], published 1842, OCLC 1008064829, page 59:
      Am I to blame for this, / That here come those that worship me? Ha! ha! / They think that I am somewhat. What am I?