Definition of something in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəmˌTHiNG/


1A thing that is unspecified or unknown: we stopped for something to eat I knew something terrible had happened something about her frightened me
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  • Probably would be a good idea to stop for something to eat and drink after this, get some energy back.
  • They had stopped at a service station, had something to eat and still caught up with us!
  • It seemed so fitting for a gathering of people remembering something so terrible.
2Used in various expressions indicating that a description or amount being stated is not exact: a wry look, something between amusement and regret grassland totaling something over three hundred acres there were something like fifty applications
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  • It is something like Bob said earlier on, it is something we do in our own time.
  • One of the women hands me a sharp metal lance, something between a sword and a skewer.
  • An impressive high score on an early machine was something like two thousand points.


[as submodifier]
1 informal Used for emphasis with a following adjective functioning as an adverb: my back hurts something terrible
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  • It must hurt something terrible.
2 archaic or dialect To some extent; somewhat: the people were something scared
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  • 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
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  • I mean, being praised by him is like being force fed chocolate creams or something.
  • My message to the Pub owners is that it is now time to burn essential oils or something.
  • Man alive, somebody could write a blog or something about the train service around here.

really (or quite) something

informal Something considered impressive or notable: Want to see the library? It’s really something
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  • Petty singing Stand My Ground at the 911 American Tribute to Heroes was 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.
  • I'm not a Tarantino fan, but this film is really something (though what, I'm not sure).

something else

informal An exceptional person or thing: the reaction from the crowd was something else
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  • That guy really was something else, wasn't he?

something of

To some degree: Richard was something of an expert at the game
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  • 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.
  • What followed is something of a blur, of being led by the hand from bar to bar.
  • In the tourism business, holidays in the desert are something of a final frontier.

something or other

see other.

there is something in/to ——

—— is worth considering; there is some truth in ——: perhaps there is something to his theory I think there’s something in this alien business
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  • Perhaps there is something in that hardman image after all.
  • Perhaps there is something in this, given the state of history teaching in Scottish schools.
  • Maybe there is something in this 1st September thing…

thirty-something (forty-something, etc.)

informal An unspecified age between thirty and forty (forty and fifty, etc.): I’m guessing she’s forty-something [as noun]: she writes a column geared to twenty- and thirty-somethings
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  • 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.
  • But what is so significant about being thirty-something and being ready to lead?


Old English sum thing (see some, thing).

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Syllabification: some·thing

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