from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- pro. Any person; anyone.
- n. A person of consequence: Everybody who is anybody was at the reception. See Usage Notes at anyone, every, he1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- pro. Any one out of an indefinite number of persons; anyone; any person.
- pro. A person of some consideration or standing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one out of an indefinite number of persons; anyone; any person.
- n. A person of consideration or standing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Any person; any one: as, has anybody been here? I have not seen anybody; anybody can do that.
- Any one in general; a person of any sort; an ordinary person, as opposed in slight contempt to a somebody: in this use with a plural: as, two or three anybodies.
- Any one in particular; a person of some consequence or importance, as opposed to a nobody: in direct or indirect interrogations: as, is he anybody? everybody who is anybody was present.
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But if anybody else -- _anybody_ -- you may call me Doctor, or anything you please, except Martin Hewitt.
I've given up all hopes of that brother of mine for her -- but she could marry anybody, if she chose -- _anybody_!
And I told him how lonesome I was without anybody, not _anybody_; and I told about Charlie Smith and Paul Mayhew and Mr. Claude Livingstone, and how Aunt Jane wouldn't let me have them, either, even if I was standing where the brook and river meet.
I don't want you to mention these people's names to anybody -- not to _anybody_, mind!
Was anybody, to your knowledge -- _anybody_, mind -- in the house on all three occasions? "
Those people live like owls and it struck me the cruellest thing you can do to anybody is to take away, light.
That's what they called anybody who didn't like Bush, so why don't those terms apply to them?
That's what they called anybody who didn't like Bush, so why don't those terms apply to them? er0001:
That's what they called anybody who didn't like Bush, so why don't those terms apply to them? namsod writes:
Of course, anybody is free to suggest — and it can be done politely — that celebrating such a holiday does cheapens the American experience.