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Dialectal variant of somewhat attested from the 18th century. Joseph Wright suggested that it might be a contraction of "some that" in A Grammar of the Dialect of Windhill (page 78).



summat (indefinite pronoun)

  1. (colloquial, England, especially Yorkshire, Lancashire) Something.
    • 1809, Theodore Hook, “Killing No Murder”, in The Sporting Magazine, volume 34, number 202, page 185:
      ...every gentleman tips us summat, we looks for it as natural as possible.
    • 1825 October 12, Walter Scott, Letters (published 1935), IX.245
      They require the atmosphere of a cigar and the amalgam of a sum'mat comfortable.
    • 1859, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], chapter I, in Adam Bede [], volume I, Edinburgh, London: William Blackwood and Sons, →OCLC, book first, page 10:
      A man must learn summat beside Gospel to make them things.
    • 1929, John Cowper Powys, Wolf Solent, page 129:
      He were a-going to gie I summat for’n, but like enough it’ll be worth more to a gent like yourself.
    • 1947, Thomas Armstrong, King Cotton, page 53:
      Does he think I’ve been soaping up to the Governor or summat?
    • 1997 June 26, J. K. Rowling [pseudonym; Joanne Rowling], chapter IV, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter; 1), London: Bloomsbury Publishing, →ISBN:
      ‘Got summat fer yeh here – I mighta sat on it at some point, but it’ll taste all right.’
    • 2006, Robin Jarvis, Thomas, page 20:
      Why go all the way to find summat that ain’t there?


summat (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial, England, especially Yorkshire, Lancashire) somewhat, something (to a degree)





  1. nominative plural of summa