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From Middle English nobody, no-body, no body, equivalent to a compound of no (“none, not any”, adjective) + body (“one, person, individual”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈnəʊ.bə.di/, /ˈnəʊ.bɒ.di/
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- (US) IPA(key): /ˈnoʊ.bə.di/, /ˈnoʊ.ˌbʌ.di/, /ˈnoʊ.bɑ.di/
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- Not any person; the logical negation of somebody.
- I asked several people, but nobody knew how.
- As nobody who is not blind can have failed to notice, I had my hair cut just yesterday.
- Nobody has a lower degree of formality than no one, but is still standard and is unremarkable in more formal contexts.
- See more at no one
not any person; the logical negation of somebody — see no one
nobody (plural nobodies)
- Someone who is not important or well-known.
- 1835, Charlotte Brontë, chapter XXVII, in Villette:
- “‘The nobody you once thought me!’ I repeated, and my face grew a little hot; but I would not be angry: of what importance was a school-girl’s crude use of the terms nobody and somebody?”
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