somehow

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English[edit]

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Adverb[edit]

somehow (not comparable)

  1. In one way or another; in some way not yet known or designated; by some means; as, the thing must be done somehow; he lives somehow.
    • George Cheyne (1671-1743)
      By their action upon one another they may be swelled somehow, so as to shorten the length.
    • Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
      Although youngest of the familly, he has somehow or other got the entire management of all the others.
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterII:
      Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, of errand not wholly obvious to their fellows, yet of such sort as to call into query alike the nature of their errand and their own relations.

Usage notes[edit]

The indefiniteness of somehow is emphasized by the addition of or other.

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