Definition of something in English:



  • 1A thing that is unspecified or unknown.

    ‘we stopped for something to eat’
    ‘I knew something terrible had happened’
    ‘something about her frightened me’
    • ‘The biker then stopped and made several hand gestures and shouted something at me.’
    • ‘If you want us to stop thinking of you that way, you could try going and being successful at something.’
    • ‘When you wait at the dentist's they at least provide you with something to read.’
    • ‘After he had eaten he paced around for a while, looking for something to do to keep him busy.’
    • ‘Can you suggest something we can take over the next few weeks to stop this happening again?’
    • ‘Even now, I'm always thankful that we have something to eat and a roof over our heads.’
    • ‘It was something that we were all terribly proud to be able to be associated with.’
    • ‘It filled him with a conviction that there is something terribly wrong with this world.’
    • ‘Probably would be a good idea to stop for something to eat and drink after this, get some energy back.’
    • ‘We usually go to see a movie or, if it's a nice evening, we get something to eat or drink and sit by the river.’
    • ‘By this point Paul had witnessed other comedy acts and felt it was something he was compelled to do.’
    • ‘They had stopped at a service station, had something to eat and still caught up with us!’
    • ‘Just because something may be physically unattainable is no need to stop striving for it.’
    • ‘Is this something you think has happened to you in your own work, regardless of whether it was a hit or not?’
    • ‘If something doesn't blend well enough with the real actors then it should be left out till it can.’
    • ‘In six days' time the conjecture stops and we'll have something very real to discuss.’
    • ‘It seemed so fitting for a gathering of people remembering something so terrible.’
    • ‘I love what I do, so it would have to be something really amazing to persuade me to stop.’
    • ‘She cringed for she feared that something far more terrible was going to happen.’
    • ‘I think we were waiting for her to do something crazy, or to just stop doing anything at all.’
  • 2Used in various expressions indicating that a description or amount being stated is not exact.

    ‘a wry look, something between amusement and regret’
    ‘grassland totalling something over three hundred acres’
    ‘there were something like fifty applications’
    • ‘It is something like Bob said earlier on, it is something we do in our own time.’
    • ‘They're going to spend something like 80 million euros on not saying anything at all with their new slogan.’
    • ‘An impressive high score on an early machine was something like two thousand points.’
    • ‘The overall winner will pick up something like £500,000, which is not bad for a tenner per entry.’
    • ‘Bill went behind Japanese lines into Burma, and I think that out of something like a hundred men, only six came back.’
    • ‘I don't feel too awful today considering we didn't get to bed until something like 4 or 5am.’
    • ‘Id be happy if I could pull off something like that with the amount of money that had.’
    • ‘The recording rates for their contribution would have been something like £66 a person.’
    • ‘One of the women hands me a sharp metal lance, something between a sword and a skewer.’
    • ‘I haven't seen it there for something like twelve or thirteen years!’
    • ‘He says he played in something like 20 matches last season but, crucially, he was involved in five of the last six.’
    • ‘I was an apprentice in a factory at the time so if I remember my pay packet at that time was something like £6 a week.’


  • 1informal Used for emphasis with a following adjective functioning as an adverb.

    ‘my back hurts something terrible’
    ‘he used to take the mickey out of me something awful’
    • ‘It must hurt something terrible.’
  • 2archaic, dialect To some extent; somewhat.

    ‘the people were something scared’
    • ‘Although we trained very well, I believe that we were something nervous because of the value of the telescope.’


  • or something

    • informal Added as a reference to an unspecified alternative similar to the thing mentioned.

      ‘you look like you just climbed a mountain or something’
      • ‘I mean, being praised by him is like being force fed chocolate creams or something.’
      • ‘If they didn't want to give Maggie a voice they could make her a deaf-mute or something.’
      • ‘Will was starting work in an investment bank or something the very next morning.’
      • ‘On the front, it says something about Jesus, with a picture of a candle, or something.’
      • ‘My message to the Pub owners is that it is now time to burn essential oils or something.’
      • ‘So that you wouldn't pirate music or something, because they have a music division.’
      • ‘Man alive, somebody could write a blog or something about the train service around here.’
      • ‘Maybe he's doing a celebrity endorsement or something in an attempt to bring them back.’
      • ‘They laugh because they think she wants them to do dance routines or something.’
      • ‘The middle stretch of poems do have slightly more narrative content or something.’
  • quite (or really) something

    • informal Something considered impressive or notable.

      ‘Want to see the library? It's really something’
      • ‘Hypocrisy among the Democrats is never a shock, but this is really something.’
      • ‘I had been a bit blasé about this exhibition, expecting to stroll through it, but it was really something.’
      • ‘Most of my favorite jazz dates from about 1959, but this concert is really something.’
      • ‘I'm not a Tarantino fan, but this film is really something (though what, I'm not sure).’
      • ‘The genuine friendliness and warmth of everyone here is really something.’
      • ‘Now that's really something, given the presence of all those nasty leftie journos he so loves to hate.’
      • ‘Queer Storytelling at the Drill Hall - I hear Shaun Levin is really something.’
      • ‘I know the pope was here recently and I didn't get a chance to meet him, but just being near him was really something.’
      • ‘We had a few battles a couple of years ago, but to do it in a major championship would be really something.’
      • ‘Petty singing Stand My Ground at the 911 American Tribute to Heroes was really something.’
  • something else

    • informal An exceptional person or thing.

      ‘the reaction from the crowd was something else’
      • ‘That guy really was something else, wasn't he?’
  • something like

    • 1An amount in the region of.

      ‘there were something like 50 applications’
    • 2Rather like.

      ‘they taste something like swordfish’
      • ‘The theory ran something like this: there is a finite amount of advertising space and a seller's market.’
      • ‘The meeting where the service was green-lighted must have gone something like this.’
      • ‘Our coolest regions are probably something like this area, temperate for this planet.’
      • ‘Some people believe that this is something like an eco site in this region.’
  • something of

    • To some degree.

      ‘Richard was something of an expert at the game’
      • ‘The city's most marketable tourist site has something of a classical air about it.’
      • ‘What followed is something of a blur, of being led by the hand from bar to bar.’
      • ‘The couple met in Scotland about five years ago and Annabel has become something of a muse for him.’
      • ‘There's something of the wizard in his bearing and you find yourself wanting to listen.’
      • ‘Both play for Saracens and they have formed something of a mutual admiration society.’
      • ‘I think Cameron could be at the forefront of something of a revival for us northerly types.’
      • ‘It feels like there's something of a production line going on with Scottish actors.’
      • ‘My friends think he is something of a bounder but he says it is totally out of character for him to behave in this way.’
      • ‘In the tourism business, holidays in the desert are something of a final frontier.’
      • ‘He also seems to be a bit of a philosopher, which must be something of a prerequisite in his position.’
  • something or other

  • there is something in ——

    • —— is worth considering; there is some truth in ——

      ‘people think I'm stupid because I think there's something in this alien business’
      • ‘Maybe there is something in this 1st September thing…’
      • ‘While there is something in such a description, it is grossly exaggerated.’
      • ‘Perhaps there is something in that hardman image after all.’
      • ‘The comparison is not perfect but there is something in it.’
      • ‘I do think there is something in the ‘Free nations don't attack each other’ credo.’
      • ‘Even so, there is something in Williams's idea.’
      • ‘And I suppose there is something in the theory that people vote for who they like.’
      • ‘Perhaps there is something in this, given the state of history teaching in Scottish schools.’
      • ‘Of course there is something in the shallow interpretations.’
      • ‘I'm not entirely convinced of this but I think there is something in it.’
  • twenty-something (thirty-something, forty-something, etc.)

    • informal An unspecified age between twenty and thirty (or thirty and forty, forty and fifty, etc.)

      ‘a forty-something has-been rock star’
      [as noun] ‘she writes a column geared to twenty- and thirty-somethings’
      • ‘But what is so significant about being thirty-something and being ready to lead?’
      • ‘It was, she told her fellow researchers, as if a nonagenarian suddenly looked forty-something.’
      • ‘I was nineteen, going on ten, she was thirty-something and living with a German poet but she liked collecting people.’
      • ‘I had promised myself that I would let loose and live like I was eighteen and not thirty-something.’
      • ‘He was about thirty-something and looked dirty; hadn't shaved in weeks.’
      • ‘Like most of the writers, they are also thirty-something.’


Old English sum thing (see some, thing).