anybody


anybody
an•y•bod•y
[[t]ˈɛn iˌbɒd i, -ˌbʌd i[/t]] pron. n. pl. -bod•ies
1) fun any person
2) a person of some importance:
If you're anybody, you'll get an invitation[/ex]
Etymology: 1250–1300 usage: The pronoun anybody is always written as one word: Is anybody home? The two-word noun phrase any body means “any group” (Any body of students will include a few dissidents) or “any physical body”: The search continued for a week despite the failure to find any body. If the word a can be substituted for any without seriously affecting the meaning, the two-word noun phrase is called for: a body of students; failure to find a body. If the substitution cannot be made, the spelling is anybody . anybody is less formal than anyone . See also anyone, each, they

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Anybody — A ny*bod*y, n. 1. Any one out of an indefinite number of persons; anyone; any person. [1913 Webster] His Majesty could not keep any secret from anybody. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. A person of consideration or standing. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anybody — (n.) c.1300, ani bodi, from ANY (Cf. any) + BODY (Cf. body). One word form is attested by 1826. Phrase anybody s game (or race, etc.) is from 1840 …   Etymology dictionary

  • anybody — [ən′ēbäd΄ē, ən′ēbud΄ē] pron. any person; anyone n. pl. anybodies a person of some fame, importance, etc. [no one who was anybody missed the party] …   English World dictionary

  • anybody — index whoever Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • anybody — [n] one, some unspecified person or people all, any of, anyone, anyone at all, any person, a person, each and every one, everybody, everyone, masses, one, public, whole world; concept 417 …   New thesaurus

  • anybody — ► PRONOUN ▪ anyone …   English terms dictionary

  • anybody — /en ee bod ee, bud ee/, pron., n., pl. anybodies. pron. 1. any person. 2. anybody s guess, a matter of conjecture: It s anybody s guess why she quit. n. 3. a person of some importance: If you re anybody, you ll receive an invitation. [1250 1300;… …   Universalium

  • ANYBODY — n. & pron. 1 a a person, no matter who. b a person of any kind. c whatever person is chosen. 2 a person of importance (are you anybody?). Phrases and idioms: anybody s (of a contest) evenly balanced (it was anybody s game). anybody s guess see… …   Useful english dictionary

  • anybody — an|y|bod|y [ eni,badi ] pronoun *** anyone: Is there anybody who doesn t understand what to do? anybody else: I m not taking care of anybody else s children …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • anybody */*/*/ — UK [ˈenɪˌbɒdɪ] / US [ˈenɪˌbɑdɪ] pronoun anyone Is there anybody who doesn t understand what to do? anybody else: I m not looking after anybody else s children …   English dictionary