• (RP) IPA: /ˈsʌmwɒt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈsʌmwʌt/

somewhat (not comparable)

  1. (degree) To a limited extent or degree.
    The crowd was somewhat larger than expected, perhaps due to the good weather.
    The decision to shave or not is a somewhat personal one.
Translations Pronoun
  1. (archaic) Something.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.12:
      Proceeding to the midst he stil did stand, / As if in minde he somewhat had to say […].
    • But this text and theme I am upon, relates to somewhat far higher and greater, than all the beholdings of his glory that ever any saint on earth received.


  1. More or less; a certain quantity or degree; a part, more or less; something.
    • These salts have somewhat of a nitrous taste.
    • Somewhat of his good sense will suffer, in this transfusion, and much of the beauty of his thoughts will be lost.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In Six Volumes, volume (please specify ), London: Printed by A[ndrew] Millar, […], OCLC 928184292 ↗:
      To these ladies a man often recommends himself while he is commending another woman; and, while he is expressing ardour and generous sentiments for his mistress, they are considering what a charming lover this man would make to them, who can feel all this tenderness for an inferior degree of merit. Of this, strange as it may seem, I have seen many instances besides Mrs Fitzpatrick, to whom all this really happened, and who now began to feel a somewhat for Mr Jones, the symptoms of which she much sooner understood than poor Sophia had formerly done.
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 558:
      Then they set somewhat of food before me, whereof I ate my fill, and gave me somewhat of clothes wherewith I clad myself anew and covered my nakedness; after which they took me up into the ship, […]
  2. A person or thing of importance; a somebody.
    • Pity that the researchful notary has not either told us in what century, and of what history, he was a writer, or been simply content to depose, that Lollius, if a writer of that name existed at all, was a somewhat somewhere.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, St. Simeon Stylites
      Here come those that worship me? Ha! ha! / They think that I am somewhat.

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