- The definition of some is an unknown or unspecified number of people or things.
An example of some is someone saying more than a couple of people are coming over for dinner.
- Some is an indefinite or unspecified number.
An example of some used as a pronoun is to replace a name or quantity such as the phrase some children came to play.
- being a certain one or ones not specified or known: open some evenings
- being of a certain unspecified (but often considerable) number, quantity, degree, etc.: to have some fear, married for some years
- about: some ten of them
- ☆ Informal remarkable, striking, etc.: it was some fight
Origin of someMiddle English som ; from Old English sum, a certain one, akin to Gothic sums ; from Indo-European an unverified form som- from source same
- certain ones not specified or known: some agree
- a certain indefinite or unspecified number, quantity, etc. as distinguished from the rest: take some
- approximately; about: some ten men
- Informal to some extent; somewhat: slept some
- ☆ Informal to a great extent or at a great rate: must run some to catch up
and then some☆
Origin of -someMiddle English -som ; from Old English -sum, akin to some
Origin of -someMiddle English -sum ; from sum, som, some
- body: chromosome
- chromosome: monosome
Origin of -some; from Classical Greek sōma, body: see soma
- Being an unspecified number or quantity: Some people came into the room. Would you like some sugar?
- Being a portion or an unspecified number or quantity of a whole or group: He likes some modern sculpture but not all.
- Being a considerable number or quantity: She has been directing films for some years now.
- Unknown or unspecified by name: Some man called.
- Logic Being part and perhaps all of a class.
- Informal Remarkable: She is some skier.
- An indefinite or unspecified number or portion: We took some of the books to the auction. See Usage Note at every.
- An indefinite additional quantity: did the assigned work and then some.
- Approximately; about: Some 40 people attended the rally.
- Informal Somewhat: some tired.
Origin of someMiddle English, from Old English sum, a certain one; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of -someMiddle English -som, from Old English -sum, -like; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of -someMiddle English -sum, from Old English sum, some; see some.
- Body: centrosome.
- Chromosome: monosome.
Origin of -someFrom Greek sōma, body; see teu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- An unspecified quantity or number of.
- Would you like some grapes?
- An unspecified amount of (something uncountable).
- Would you like some water?
- A certain, an unspecified or unknown.
- I've just met some guy who said he knew you. The sequence S converges to zero for some initial value v.
- A considerable quantity or number of.
- He had edited the paper for some years.
- (informal) A remarkable.
- He is some acrobat!
From Middle English some, sum, from Old English sum (“some, a certain one"), from Proto-Germanic *sumaz (“some, a certain one"), from Proto-Indo-European *sem- (“one, whole"). Cognate Scots sum, some (“some"), North Frisian som, sam, sÃ¤m (“some"), West Frisian sommige, somlike (“some"), Low German sum (“some"), Dutch sommige (“some"), German dialectal summige (“some"), Danish somme (“some"), Swedish somlig (“some"), Norwegian sum, som (“some"), Icelandic sumur (“some"), Gothic ðƒðŒ¿ðŒ¼ðƒ (sums, “one, someone"). More at same.
From Middle English, from Old English -sum (“-some, same as"). Akin to Old Frisian -sum (“-some"), Old High German -sam (“-some"), Old Norse -samr (“-some"), Gothic -ðƒðŒ°ðŒ¼ðƒ (-sams), -ðƒðŒ°ðŒ¼ðŒ° (-sama). Cognate with Albanian -shÃ«m (“-some"). More at same.
- Used to form a word indicating a group with a certain small number of members
Middle English from a specialized note of Old English sum (“some, one") coming after a genitive plural (eg. hÄ“ wÃ¦s fÄ“owertiga sum --"he was one of forty", literally "he was forties' some[one]"; sixa sum --"one of six, sixsome").
- A body
- A chromosome
From Ancient Greek Ïƒá¿¶Î¼Î± (soma, “body")