Definition of somebody in English:



  • 1Some person; someone.

    • ‘Could somebody older please tell me what they know now, so that I can make use of it when I am an adult?’
    • ‘Now they are hoping somebody will help them start their project all over again.’
    • ‘You are at a party, and you have been chatting to somebody who seems very nice.’
    • ‘The best thing to do, if you can, is to pass your expenses on for somebody else to bear.’
    • ‘It is only a matter of time before somebody is killed in one of these cowardly attacks.’
    • ‘Claire decided that she must have fallen asleep at the party, and somebody had taken her home.’
    • ‘If ever there was somebody who looked like an all-action-hero pilot, it was this guy.’
    • ‘It is impossible to write an honest letter to somebody who may send it on to a third party.’
    • ‘Though I'm a big fan of Nick, it's good to see somebody else occupying the space as well.’
    • ‘There are so many characters that you're bound to end up identifying with somebody.’
    • ‘Well, somebody has decided to do something similar, if not exactly what I had in mind.’
    • ‘When is somebody going to take responsibility for these costly failures and mistakes?’
    • ‘We are not interested in somebody who makes nominal moves on school improvement.’
    • ‘There is no easier interview subject than somebody who asks questions of themselves.’
    • ‘From the very first time we met he came out to me as being somebody who would take the type of approach we needed at the club.’
    • ‘If this happens to somebody else not as strong, it could be a lot more serious.’
    • ‘More dangerously, there is the advice to get somebody who has a nosebleed to tip their head back.’
    • ‘Within the churchyard, somebody has taken the time and trouble to make a memorial stone.’
    • ‘If you catch a big rainbow trout in a loch or river then make no mistake - somebody reared it and fed it.’
    • ‘It's terrific to be working with somebody who has the whole thing in perspective.’
    person, individual, human being, somebody, someone
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  • 2A person of importance or authority:

    ‘I'd like to be somebody’
    [as noun] ‘nobodies who want to become somebodies’
    • ‘These people are political no-bodies who fancy themselves to be somebodies.’
    • ‘We're talking about La-la-land, people, where nearly everyone's a star, if only in their own minds, and those who happen not to be somebodies always made a point of never being awed by star power.’
    • ‘In the tradition of two of America's greatest social commentators, Alexis de Tocqueville and Thorstein Veblen, Fuller points out that we are all somebodies and nobodies, that dignity is non-negotiable.’
    important person, vip, personage, public figure, notable, notability, dignitary, pillar of society, pillar of the community, worthy
    someone, name, big name, famous name, household name, personality, celebrity, celebutante, leading light, star, superstar
    lion, heavyweight, grandee, luminary, panjandrum
    magnate, mogul
    celeb, bigwig, big shot, big noise, big cheese, big gun, big fish, biggie, heavy, hotshot, megastar
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