-some

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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 -𐍃𐌰𐌼𐍃 ‎(-sams), -𐍃𐌰𐌼𐌰 ‎(-sama). Cognate with Albanian -shëm ‎(-some). More at same.

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-some

  1. characterized by some specific condition or quality
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Etymology 2[edit]

Middle English from a specialized note of Old English sum ‎(some, one) coming after a genitive plural (e.g. hē wæs fēowertiga sum --"he was one of forty", literally "he was forties' some[one]"; sixa sum --"one of six, sixsome").

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-some

  1. Used to form a word indicating a group with a certain small number of members
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Ancient Greek σῶμα ‎(sôma, body).

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-some

  1. a body

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Etymology 4[edit]

From previous sense “body” (from Ancient Greek σῶμα ‎(sôma, body)), by analogy with chromosome.

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-some

  1. a chromosome

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