quelcom

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Catalan queacom, queucom, calcom, caucom, from Latin quale-cumque or quiddam-cumque, although Spitzer suggests quale-quomodo. Compare Occitan calacom, quezacom, queacom.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

quelcom

  1. (formal) something
    Synonyms: alguna cosa, res, qualque cosa, (proscribed) algo
    • 1919, Claudi Planas i Font, En Pere i altres contes
      ...tenia quelcom de brutal l'espectacle d'aquell home decrèpit...
      ...there was something brutal about the spectacle of that decrepit man...
  2. (formal, in questions) anything

Usage notes[edit]

In informal speech alguna cosa, res or the nonstandard Castilianism algo are more common.

Adverb[edit]

quelcom

  1. (literary) a bit, somewhat, rather

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