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From Middle English somdel, sumdel (somewhat, to an extent, in some measure; part, portion, a bit, small amount; in ~ this instance, this case), equivalent to some +‎ deal.



  1. Some part; a portion, something; some.


somedeal (comparative more somedeal, superlative most somedeal)

  1. (rare) In some measure or degree; somewhat, partly, partially
    • (Can we date this quote?) Travels of John Mandeville
      In Ethiopia all the rivers and all the waters be trouble, and they be somedeal salt for the great heat that is there.
    • 1828, The Fair Maid of Perth[1], Large Print edition, Echo Library, published 2006, →ISBN, page 270:
      Curfew Street, and though we know he was somedeal hurt in that matter, we cannot see why he should not do homage in leal and duteous sort.
    • 1917, George W. Gough, “Chapter V, the Ancient hHgh House”, in Julian Hawthorne, editor, The Yeoman Adventurer[2], Reprint edition, Echo Library, published 2005, →ISBN, page 27:
      but it's a godsend at times for a lone woman when she's ugly enough to turn cream sour, and somedeal crooked o' the body into the bargain.


  • Merriam-Webster, somedeal
  • Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, somedeal

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for somedeal in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)