Characterized by a specified quality, condition, or action: bothersome.
Origin of -some
Middle English -som from
Old English -sum -like
; see sem-1
in Indo-European roots.
A group of a specified number of members: threesome.
Origin of -some
Middle English -sum from
Old English sum some
; see some
- A certain number, at least one.
- Some enjoy spicy food, others prefer it milder.
- An indefinite quantity.
- Can I have some of them?
- An indefinite amount, a part.
- please give me some of the cake; everyone is wrong some of the time
- 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!
- Of a measurement; approximately, roughly
- I guess he must have weighed some 90 kilos.
- Some 30,000 spectators witnessed the feat.
- Some 4,000 acres of land were flooded.
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")