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Alternative forms[edit]

  • (British, dialectical) summat (and variants listed there)


some +‎ what



somewhat (not comparable)

  1. 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.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, The Celebrity:
      I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town. I was completely mystified at such an unusual proceeding.


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  1. (now 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 […].
    • Robert Trail
      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.



somewhat (plural somewhats)

  1. More or less; a certain quantity or degree; a part, more or less; something.
    • Grew
      These salts have somewhat of a nitrous taste.
    • Dryden
      Somewhat of his good sense will suffer, in this transfusion, and much of the beauty of his thoughts will be lost.
  2. A person or thing of importance; a somebody.
    • Tennyson
      Here come those that worship me. / They think that I am somewhat.