Definition of nobody in English:



  • No person; no one.

    ‘nobody was at home’
    ‘nobody could predict how it might end’
    • ‘All the other housemates may be scared of you, but I am old and wise, and I am scared of nobody.’
    • ‘The sight of their expectant little faces is making me crumble, and nobody has yet sung a note.’
    • ‘You have to perform for the fans because nobody pays good money to watch you feel sorry for yourself.’
    • ‘Little do they know that she goes home to nobody to share dinner or her double bed with.’
    • ‘Everyone works flat out when the grapes are being picked and there could be nobody to look after you.’
    • ‘Being in a room where nobody knows what is going to happen generates an exciting atmosphere.’
    • ‘The eyes say, quite fiercely, that nobody is going to take his achievements from him.’
    • ‘Although it is present in huge amounts in these plants, nobody knows what caffeine is for.’
    • ‘We can't just put these children in the middle of a field where nobody else lives.’
    • ‘We said none of them were going, and none of them left, yet nobody chooses to believe us.’
    • ‘He was pounced upon when I first laid out the pictures, but nobody gives a reason for liking it.’
    • ‘Of course, the charge of racism is denied on all sides: nobody ever owns up to racism.’
    • ‘They were chucking them all out, as nobody there wants them any more, so I got them cheap.’
    • ‘Of course, nobody ever notices this, because such an act is eminently simple for them.’
    • ‘It may not be pretty, but as long as it is effective, nobody in England will mind.’
    • ‘They said nobody had been allowed into the house, including the people who lived there.’
    • ‘Not many girls, actually nobody, had their hair cut short in those days in that culture.’
    • ‘I agree that these programs can be good for learning things that nobody else will teach you.’
    • ‘Some of the people gathered outside are very angry and are shouting at nobody in particular.’
    • ‘Police said nobody has been arrested as yet and they are still making enquiries.’
    nobody, not a soul, not anyone, not a person, not a single person, never a one, no man, none
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  • A person of no importance or authority.

    ‘they went from nobodies to superstars’
    • ‘The most recent shows have - to varying degrees - dragged various nobodies kicking and screaming into the limelight for our pleasure.’
    • ‘How do so many nobodies become so important to me?’
    • ‘People who participated in charitable causes, whether celebrities or nobodies, were those possessing sympathy for others.’
    • ‘You can't beat somebody with nobody and the landscape is littered with Republican nobodies who want to be president.’
    • ‘It was a collection of 2,500 one-off postcard-sized pieces, some by famous artists and some by relative nobodies, each for sale at £35 a piece.’
    • ‘But this time last year, they were absolute nobodies in the music industry.’
    • ‘They have, no doubt, all known one another for years, since they were nobodies.’
    • ‘The two former nobodies helped turn the fly-on-the-wall reality show into cult viewing.’
    • ‘They have only lost four games in three years; you don't do that and be nobodies.’
    • ‘It's the hero worshipping provided to these complete nobodies that pushes the show from an annoying sing-a-long to a ridiculous cultural event.’
    • ‘Gwen favoured nobodies - among whom she clearly counted herself - because, I think, they came to her anonymous and unmade-up.’
    • ‘I staggered to my feet, and making excuses I rushed out the door, feeling very silly, because I was excusing myself to nobodies.’
    • ‘In an industry where hits turn commoners into stars overnight and flops turn stars into nobodies even faster, it was difficult for people to digest how a producer was pumping huge monies into such a project.’
    • ‘These aren't faceless nobodies with big guns ready to blow everybody up… these are people who want to feed their families.’
    • ‘Real life is significant in a repressively dull way; just a bunch of nobodies trying to make each other believe the planet actually cares what they're doing.’
    • ‘What is a mystery is why half a million people pay big money to watch a collection of nobodies play boring tennis when they could be doing something interesting…’
    • ‘Far from breaking up a viable terrorist cell, the government seems to have nailed three aspiring nobodies, the story reports.’
    • ‘The perception in the States is that I'm a typical European heavyweight who's fought only over-the-hill guys, or nobodies.’
    • ‘And the men who crushed them 5-0 are called nobodies?’
    • ‘As a pair, they aren't really nobodies anymore.’
    insignificant person, nobody, nonentity, non-person, gnat, insect, cipher, pygmy
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Middle English: originally as no body.